How to Escape a Black Hole
Working in video and animation, Julia Oldham creates narratives that explore scientific and natural phenomena. Part physics lesson, part voyage toward destruction, the starry universe/video installation Oldham presents in How to Escape a Black Hole is immersive and stimulating. As a giant floating head guiding viewers on a meditative journey into an all-encompassing black hole, Oldham replicates YouTube tropes of self-hypnosis and ASMR videos that fabricate soothing soundscapes for their listeners.
Julia Oldham has exhibited at This Friday or Next Friday and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, both in Brooklyn; the Portland Museum of Art, OR; the San Diego Art Institute, CA; and the Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA. She maintains an artistic partnership, Really Large Numbers, with Chad Stayrook, and they have exhibited at 125 Maiden Lane and Rooster Gallery, both in NY; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD; and Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL. She has completed residencies at Bison Bison, Corvallis, OR; the Everglades National Park, FL; The Wassaic Project, NY; and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, among others. She earned her BA in Art History from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland and her MFA from the University of Chicago, IL.