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. Jen Graves writes in The Stranger, "...as bright and fluorescent and playful as it is, [it] ultimately has the feeling of a noir mystery, where a series of mind-bending clues leads to more clues and nothing more.” Nothing remains but the photographs when the work is dismantled.
Between installations, works on paper help me experiment with color, composition, and the boundaries of illusionistic space. Sometimes the works on paper and installations exist independently, sometimes they merge, supporting each other in a back and forth conversation between flatness and dimension.
Julie Alpert is a Seattle-based painter, installation artist, and teacher. She has a BA in painting from the University of Maryland and an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. Julie is the recipient of many local and national awards including a Neddy Award Finalist, Pollock-Krasner Award, The New Foundation Grant and two GAP grants. From 2009-2014, she was a member of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery. In March and April 2014, Julie was a MacDowell Colony Fellow and will be Artist-in-Residence at Clark College in April 2015. When not making installations she performs as a dancing taco in the Seattle art band, The Bran Flakes. She often collaborates with her husband, Andy Arkley, of the art collective LET'S.
Photo: Andrew Sankey