Sep 7th 2019

Julia Klein: And then

@ Material

2025 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Opening Saturday, September 7th, from 11AM - 1PM

On view through Saturday, November 2nd

And then is a solo exhibition that presents new work by Julia Klein and marks her ongoing engagement with material, the body, and the passage of time. The sculptures and photographs in this exhibition come out of a way of working that perennially leaves processed material accumulating in its wake. Pieces and parts of earlier work exist as documents of the past as well as active fodder for the present and future, evidence both of, and in opposition to, a linear process. The histories of these artifacts – their origins and initial purposes; how they were used, thought of, and felt; and how they were deployed in relation to other objects and gestures – contribute to creating their aggregated and shifting meanings.

The work on view combines remnants accrued and saved over many years with material from Klein’s more recent experimentation with weight and suspension. The successive stages of action in the studio – the evolving materials, processes, and intentions – generate the formal and emotive context for this body of work: weights, rope, clay, wire, hanging sticks, cutting, color, panty hose, mass, paper, suspended legs, plaster, resin, hardening, chopping, cutting, concrete, anchored legs, grounding, chopping, flats, hooks, clay, standing, hanging, leaning.

curated by Teresa Silva

Image: Julia Klein, White Cut, 2019, wire, plaster, sculptamold, 21x18x1 in. Photo by Nathan Keay

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