Cosmos or Chaos
Cosmos or Chaos is Julie Umerle's first solo exhibition at studio1.1, presenting recent works from 2008 - 2010.
As the title immediately suggests, Julie Umerle's paintings exist at the meeting point of decision and accident (as indeed do our lives). In a new suite of paintings made specifically for the show, gravity and design collude and collide in a synthesis which calls up a most unexpected counterpart.
Colours are chosen to oppose and confound, while the exact materiality, the weight of the paint interferes, patterning its own trajectory. The chromatic dis/harmony in paint, and the friction between these rivulets of colour summons up a quite different (ir-)reality, matching the glimpses of infinity behind the slashes in Fontana's monochromes; as the action of gravity, magnetising the flows of paint, closes or widens the gap between these streams of time and the space that opens whenever they part or fail to meet.
Julie Umerle is an American-born artist who studied fine art at Falmouth University and Parson The New School for Design. She is currently based in London where she has shown her work in many exhibitions including the Royal Academy's Summer Show (2009).
Catalogue available with text by Simon Morley. Simon Morley will be at the gallery on Wednesday 20th January at 3pm to talk about the show.
Cosmos or Chaos is generously supported by Arts Council England.