Juxtapoz Magazine – Julie Curtiss Channels The Ghosts in “Somnambules (Sleepwalkers)”

Juxtapoz Magazine – Julie Curtiss Channels The Ghosts in “Somnambules (Sleepwalkers)”

Juxtapoz Magazine – Julie Curtiss Channels The Ghosts in “Somnambules (Sleepwalkers)”

There are selected paintings that just stop in your tracks, bring about you to pause, make you ponder and wonder and you really feel immersed in a minute. That is what fantastic art does. That occurred to me when I noticed the superb work of Julie Curtiss for her new solo display, Somnambules, translated as “sleepwalkers,” and the painting Occasions Square (observed earlier mentioned). Curtiss has always been ready to balance so substantially in a perform modern anxiety, surrealism, comedy, loneliness and city daily life. Her go over with us previous Slide was like an omnipresent figure wanting above a shattered entire world, quiet and looming, looking at around a metropolis that had been transformed and in a condition of uncertainty. Periods Sq. is what that determine could have been searching more than, a scene of the town as faceless residents wander earlier a eyesight of paradise in their personal moody each day daily life. It really is strong. 

Her new present at Anton Kern Gallery is, the moment again, a slight nod to surrealism and the fuzziness of sleep-deprivation. As the gallery notes, “This exhibition is a specially particular one particular for the artist. Plagued by sleeplessness and grappling with processing the toll the past couple decades have taken, Curtiss typically felt like a sleepwalker herself though generating this human body of work–day and night, light and darkness jogging into every other in a blurry timeless vacuum.” What we have figured out in these earlier few a long time is that time and each day lifetime have turn into transfigured, where by hrs blend differently as daily life re-emerges and makes an attempt to be ordinary. Each individual of us has had our times of confusion and uncertainty, and these is effective blur our reality of what we consider we see and what is common. 

Even with these talent and the ability to have a visual language that is both equally hers and depicting the common, Curtiss is thoroughly coming into her personal as a person of the unique skills in contemporary artwork. It is really as if the environment caught up to her art. “I remember when I began this system of get the job done, I was genuinely fascinated in finding my have voice and checking out distinct aspects of my psyche in relation to culture.,” Curtiss instructed us final 12 months, and she is refining her voice in each clearly show. —Evan Pricco