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Julia Klein
Partial Figures and Fragments
March 6 - 29 2015
Image credit: Julia Klein
Image credit: Julia Klein

If figures and fragments can be described as being either parts or wholes, what can we infer about resolution? My work struggles to strike a balance between “finding itself” and rolling with ambiguity and instability. The sculptures on view are based on snapshots of passersby who wore or carried color(s) that caught my eye. When I took these photos, I was in a period of falling in love with color– all I could see when I looked around were blocks of color on legs. Since then, these images have burned themselves onto my mind, and color has become a material in my continuous process of construction and deconstruction. The parade of forms presented here mirrors the status of each component: it is at once a whole, a carrier of parts, and a moment in a process that extends forward and backward through time.

Julia Klein‘s work has been exhibited in a variety of venues including solo and two-person exhibitions at Sidecar Gallery (Hammond, IN), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago). Group show venues include Songs for Presidents (Brooklyn), Elaine L Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University (Detroit), Passenger (Detroit), Gridspace (Brooklyn), and the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago). Klein has participated in residencies at Sitterwerk St. Gallen (Switzerland), the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny, and at the Vermont Studio Center. She received a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Sculpture from the Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Since 2009, Klein has run Soberscove Press, which produces art-related materials that fill a gap in the literature or are difficult to access, as well as artists’ books.

Review by Kenneth Nicholson in the St.Claire/theartblog.org as part of the New Art Writing Challenge, online here.