Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Julie Evans @ Julie Saul Gallery

Back when I was still finding the time to write the Artist of the Week segments (yes, I wish I could still do them, but they were very time consuming...if someone could add a few more hours to the day, and all that), I offered some info on my dear friend Julie Evans' astounding work. Her Artist of the Week post began:

Anyone who's been reading this feature regularly may have noticed I tend not to write about abstract work as much as I do representational work. That's because writing about abstract work is hard. Seriously, it's a task best left to poets, which I most definitely am not. It requires a mastery of metaphor, not to mention a keen vision (in both senses). So forgive me if I insist that rather than judging by my paltry poetics, in this case you really have to see this work for yourself in person.
I'm still learning how to talk about abstraction, but I'm very pleased to redirect you to that original post in celebration of Julie's solo exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery, which opens tomorrow. From the gallery press release:
The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of new gouache and acrylic paintings on paper and panel by New York artist Julie Evans. Her work brings together influences of contemporary Western abstraction with those of traditional, Eastern miniature painting, combing the most delicate patterning and layering with bold forms and swathes of intensely rich color. The work is deeply sensual and at the same time playful, suggesting both the spiritual and popular nature of ornamentation. They employ complicated palettes that pair those borrowed from traditional Indian miniatures with the brightness of fluorescent pinks and acidic greens, underscoring the double-mindedness of the work.

Evans works slowly and painstakingly, rendering delicate garlands and intricate mandalas, and filling large expanses of color with tiny, countless, vertical strokes. She creates ambiguous spaces within spaces that are at once both micro and macro in realm, keeping the viewer up close to these intimate works, but with the sense of their broader reach into place and time.

She has worked in India and Nepal, including travel and research supported by a Fulbright Scholarship studying with a master of Indian miniature painting. Critic Mario Naves wrote of Evans' work that she "creates vistas infinitely more expansive than the physical parameters of the paintings support. Clearly the conventions of Indian miniature paintings have become second nature to her."
I'll still insist you have to see these pieces in real life to appreciate their vibrancy and simply breathtaking palette and magical sensibility, but knowing not all of you will make it to NYC during Julie's exhibition, I'll sneak in a few images from the show here (click to see larger):

Go Jules!!!



Blogger Concrete Phone said...

In a sense they remind me of one of your artists, Nancy Baker, though Barker works in twilight, and Julie Evans works in daylight. Now, I figure that given the given that both are different times of the day, both are equitable and responsible with what they say and express and deliver.
Abstraction is not that hard to fathom, believe me. All good art comes from the unfathomable--some rests short of full exposure, other exposes it all, the best is without a name.
Very beautiful!

3/28/2007 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Thanks for the comments CP...

Abstraction is not that hard to fathom, believe me.

I don't find it difficult to appreciate abstraction, just to talk about it.

3/28/2007 08:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Beautiful, translucent colors, can't wait to see them. They would also work well as lithos or screens.

3/28/2007 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger Sunil said...

Fascinating colors and use of Indian motifs... Strong hints of silk sari designs from Channapatna.
I am going to see this one to study it a bit closer. Thanks for pointing this out...

3/28/2007 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous bambino said...

Wait till you'll see the work at the gallery. Amazing work. Congradulations Julie. You go girl

3/28/2007 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous ml said...

Julie Evans' work is exquisite. Wait until you see them in person. The surfaces have a tactile quality to them. The best art (to me) makes you want to touch it.

Great that you are doing the artist a week again, Edward.

3/28/2007 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous cookyblaha said...

so who does this work better? Julie or Beatriz Milhazes? And does it matter who did it first? cause Milhazes has been doing this type of thing since the early 90s

is it pernicious to bring up this point?

3/28/2007 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...


while there are some shared geometical symbols/motifs between a few of Beatriz's pieces and Julie's, I think it's quite a stretch to assert they're doing the same work. There palettes are quite noticeably different;, Beatriz's work is much flatter than Julie's; compositionally, Julies are more self-contained (suggesting micro worlds), whereas Beatriz's are more open (suggesting the extend beyond the boundaries), etc., etc., etc.

is it pernicious to bring up this point?

Pernicious? No. A bit hasty perhaps, though.

3/28/2007 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger James Wolanin said...

These images look great!

3/28/2007 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger Oly said...

Really gorgeous stuff.
Reminds me a lot of the Christopher Tanner exhibit over at Pavel Zoubok-- though his work is very over-the-top in its decadence.

PS-- I like that word "Paltry"-- will have to add to my reviewer vocabulary.


3/28/2007 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at this. Remember when we talked about artist-gallerist? A show about it....


...btw; Julie Evans is very talented/skill with the painting medium but I don't see more than that. Ok but cold.

Kantor/Feuer Window
259 10th Ave, between 25th and 26th St.
Exhibition Dates: April 1st-May 11th, 2007

“The Art of the Deal”

“The Art of the Deal” is an Artist-curated exhibition of early works by well known gallerists who once sought their calling
on the other side of the table as artists. Far from the cynical venture it might at first appear to be, this show presents the
idea of creative production as an egalitarian venture open to all who would choose to embark on it, regardless of their
vocation. April fools! This is your opportunity to look behind the scenes at the seamy underbelly art-world celebrity.
Ever wonder what all those rich art-dealers did before they ran their galleries? Some were interior decorators, a few
were art-history majors, but most of them had a very different plan for their lives. Now is your chance to find out in a tell-
all exhibition that answers the question "Whatever happened to..." in reverse!

The exhibition will be mounted salon-style in the Kantor/Feuer window at 259 10th Ave and is curated by Justin
Lieberman and Lumi Tan. The show will run April 1 to May 11th and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Another
exhibition which takes a more historical look at artists who eventually became dealers, “Early Work”, will open at White
Columns June 1st.

Participating artists are Roland Augustine (Luhring Augustine), William Brady (ATM Gallery), Elizabeth Burke
(Clementine), John Cheim (Cheim and Read), Burr Dodd (Brooklyn Fireproof), Derek Eller (Derek Eller Gallery), Zach Feuer
(Zach Feuer Gallery), Jane Hait (Wallspace), Sean Horton (Sunday), David Kordansky (David Kordansky Gallery),
Nick Lawrence (Freight + Volume), Philip Martin (Cherry and Martin), Sheri Pasquarella (SLP Art Culture Commerce),
Jeff Poe (Blum and Poe), Andrea Pollan (Curator's Office) Becky Smith (Bellwether), Fred Snitzer (Fredric Snitzer
Gallery). Kelly Taxter (Taxter and Spengemann), Elisabeth Wingate (independent consultant), Mike Weiss (Mike Weiss
Gallery) and Scott Zieher (ZieherSmith)

3/28/2007 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous eleventh hour said...

I have to say, I'm not entirely comfortable with using poetry to discuss abstraction. I think that abstract painting has a difficult time translating to language because you become forced into the struggle to name the unnameable. Edward, although the “etc. etc. etc.” suggested you were getting a bit tired, I thought your comparison of Beatriz and Julie was confident, and enlightening. It makes me wonder, with the dominance of a naïve sort of maximalism- where every work is assumed to have a deeper cultural significance, is there room in the dialogue for strict formal analysis?

3/28/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

is there room in the dialogue for strict formal analysis?

There is if I can manage to get an elbow or two into the fray. It's as valid an arena for critique as the dozen or so other valid arenas, IMO. Not everything, but not nothing either.

Julie Evans is very talented/skill with the painting medium but I don't see more than that.

I know I sound like a broken record, but you HAVE to see these in person. Hope you can stop in.

3/28/2007 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...


3/28/2007 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reminds me a bit of Amy Cheng...

3/28/2007 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous martin said...

ugh white columns makes me want to barf.

please consider becoming a member of white columns today and help support new york's oldest non-profit alternative space for emerging artists.


3/28/2007 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger ec said...

Milhazes layers oil paint in decorative and sumptious swirls that threaten to crumble and break down when they get overloaded...her colors are deep, dark and vibrant; key medium-low, surfaces viscous, oily...images like gears and mechanism, paens to painting AND industry. Evans paints with intensity, her key is higher, surfaces smoother with intense dotting like early Lari Pittman...also the South American / East Indian influences are different in both artists. Julie's paintings bristle with energy, which belies their seemingly decorative affect. They're good, can't wait to see 'em.

3/29/2007 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Aida said...

Breathtakingly beautiful artwork! It truly embraces the soul.

3/29/2007 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Jon Shore said...

I've admired Julie's work for the past couple years. These new works look really beautiful on my computer screen, which means they must be breathtaking in person.

Glad I found the review on your blog, otherwise I may have missed the show.

3/30/2007 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger Marcia Neblett said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for posting that review.

4/03/2007 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milhazes=Ryan McGuinness...

Not sure if the connection between Ms. Evans is appropriate. Her work is lovely, very Asian, extremely girlie (in a good way!). The web really doesn't do it justice.

4/19/2007 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous drShop said...

WooW =)

8/02/2007 07:08:00 AM  
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