Using familiar materials like hardware store supplies, custom fabric, lights, used furniture and decorative kitsch, I respond to interior spaces like life-size canvases. Corners, walls and floors are flattened, distorted, and activated to create an imaginary escape. Through my improvised arranging of objects and materials, I am drawing attention to overlooked details of interior spaces like outlets, heating ducts, or cracks in the floor. I want viewers to move playfully through the space in an attempt to decode the visual clues I've left for them. Nothing remains but the photographs when the work is dismantled.
Between installations, works on paper experiment with color, composition, and the boundaries of illusionistic space. Sometimes they exist independently from the installations, sometimes they merge, supporting each other in a back and forth conversation between flatness and dimension.
Julie Alpert is a Seattle-based installation artist and painter. She has a BA from the University of Maryland and an MFA from the University of Washington. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, New Foundation Grant, two GAP grants and was a 2013 Neddy at Cornish Award Finalist. From 2009-2014, she was a member of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery and will be Artist-in-Residence at Clark College in April 2015. Julie often collaborates on animation and performance with her husband, Andy Arkley, of the art collective LET'S and the band The Bran Flakes.