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[New Orchid Gallery] Julia Turner


New Orchid Gallery - Julia Turner

“…These pieces are excerpts: pieces of experience, magnified like
text. Or maps, with insets showing features which would otherwise
appear only as pinpoints in the sea. I am looking at tiny
intersections in thought, between logic and emotion, between
observation and experience, between the impulse to organize and the
impulse to release.”

“The flat pieces are made by scratching through white industrial
paint down to black oxidized steel underneath. The feeling of drawing
with sandpaper and a knife is totally different from that of drawing
with a pen. It takes both arms, it makes a sound, it creates dust.
The slight distraction of the physical work involved is just enough
to keep me from overthinking what I=B4m doing- it=B4s the perfect way =
tricking myself into drawing from my actual present experience rather
than trying to corner distinct images and get them “right”. These
start as large panels which I work on in all directions. I draw and
then let them sit for a while, then later skim them with a small
frame looking for places where a small interaction of shape and line
suggests a tension or excitement or sadness that fits what=B4s on my
mind. For me this secondary extraction feels like something between
photography and cartography. The full frame implies something
partially captured, rather than created to fill a space, and the
choice of which areas to magnify and set apart make me feel like a
mapmaker deciding what gets an insert: Which parts of this city do
people care about the most?”

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