Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present Mylar Constructions, a solo exhibition of new work by New York artist Julie Evans, featuring works mounted on panel, on paper, and directly on the walls. These works continue to address Evans’ ongoing interest in process and perception, combining the materiality and surface occupations of abstraction with the spatial illusions of representation.
In two parallel series, Evans continues to look to the natural world to construct painted forms – as body, as growth. She cuts countless shapes from painted mylar sheets, created by random pours and gravitational pools, which she then re-configures and seams together into unknowable mash-ups. While the cut shapes themselves are abstract, they contain within them details that allude to light and weight. This imparts a strange, almost creepy reality to the resulting aggregate forms which suggest the atmospheric, the geological, the aquatic, the biological, and the corporeal simultaneously. They remain indefinable and evocative, and possess the tension of an elusive familiarity. In a state of flux, these floating forms actively shift between whole and part, material surface and pictorial space, transparent liquid and solid form, amorphous fields of color and fine detail, evolution and decay. The many formal and conceptual collisions in these works bring both materiality and representation into question, confounding our immediate perception and challenging our assumptions of how we construct image and meaning.
Julie Evans is a visual artist from New York City, currently based in Hudson, NY. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited extensively in both the US and abroad. Her recent exhibition, Cowdust – a collaboration of works done in India with the traditional miniature painter Ajay Sharma – was shown at Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea and was reviewed in both ARTFORUM and Art in America. Other recent exhibitions include solo shows at John Davis Gallery and The Baum Museum at Central Arkansas University, and group shows at Danese Gallery, Brattleboro Museum of Art, Lesley Heller Workspace, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, and McKenzie Fine Art. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, ARTFORUM, Art on Paper, Flash Art, Art In America, TimeOut New York, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to India, as well as residency fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross, Millay, and Tamarind Institute. Her work is included in over 200 international public and private collections, including The Rubin Museum of Art, US Art in Embassies Program, Microsoft, Progressive Corporation, JP Morgan-Chase, and Pfizer Inc.