Things To Say At Night
September 10th – October 29th, 2017
Opening Sunday September 10th, 6-9pm
The shapes I use come from the loom, my body, history, from use and reuse. Like the way a memory becomes a story, through unconscious sifting and longing. Meaning rises as the shape of your hands, or light through the trees. Stories are woven from these fragments. They have their own aim in mind: to warn, to revel, to end.
Things To Say At Night pursues darkness. At night, edges soften, lines are crossed, secrets flow. Images appear in shadows. Dreams unwind the day’s constant turning. Eternally bound and distinct, they pour their contents from one glass to the other, altering the clear shape of thought. As apparent clarity falls deeper into shadow, these works seek night as the equal half of day.
Julia Bland earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and her MFA from Yale in 2012. She has been an artist in residence at The Sharpe-Walentas Space Program, Lighthouse Works, Yaddo, The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has been awarded The Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship, The Carol Scholsberg Memorial Prize, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Travel Fellowship, and the Florence Leif Award. She has exhibited with On Stellar Rays, The NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and Asya Geisberg Gallery in NYC, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, CES Gallery in Los Angeles, Porsesh Institute(Anahita Gallery) in Tehran, and Motus Fort in Tokyo.
A new large-scale work by Julia Bland will additionally be on view at Stellar Projects, 1 Rivington Street. Stellar Projects will be open Sunday, Sept 10, from 6-8pm, select hours in September, and by appointment. Please refer to www.stellarprojects.nyc for details.
Image detail: Undertow, 2017, 95 x 32 inches, Burnt canvas, linen threads, oil paint (detail). Courtesy the artist and MILLER.