In my recent work, I’ve been playing with the appearance of language. Patterns of lattice and matrix like structures have appeared in my work. Using relatively neutral words such as OK, or patterns of XOXO, I create layers of repeating motifs using these letters to both undo and re-do meaning. One drawing titled, EVERYTHING, uses this word by folding it back and forth on itself in a design that resembles some of the architectural details present in a recent installation at HGallery's upstairs space.
For the HGallery installation, titled EVERYTHING, I created a limited edition of prints to be installed as a pile in the middle of the room. These prints are free for visitors to take as gifts, titled, “EVERYTHING (FOR YOU)” . In addition, 4 long ink drawings frame the room as formal echos of the architecture, as well as suggesting that language could slip into physical form and perhaps vice versa. The drawings are designed to be both literally “read” while also looked at as abstractions.
The content of the word EVERYTHING is all encompassing. It’s a word that is the opposite of NOTHING, but also has no specific images attached to it. I’m attracted to the idea that EVERYTHING can be given away, as well as that EVERYTHING can be hidden in a matrix of its own design. In one of the large drawings titled, “OKOKOK,” the word OK is repeated over and over. “OK” can be understood as an expression of agreement with someone else, as well as a thought that one might silently utter as a means to calm down. As a drawing, it is both calming in its organization, but perhaps anxiety provoking in its meaning. All the drawings are made by hand, which allows for mistakes and inaccuracies in the execution. These "mistakes" are visually juxtaposed to the patterns and symmetry in the designs. There is a different read when seen from far away versus up-close, which once again may call attention to the various possibilities of a fluid relationship to the drawings themselves.
Artist Bio / CV
Julia Schwadron was born in Providence, R.I. and is currently based in New York City. Schwadron has shown her work in and around New York, Los Angeles, and the Midwest, as well as in Thailand. She has had recent solo exhibitions at HGallery Project Space in Bangkok, Thailand, and at The Farnham Galleries at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, both in 2012. Schwadron was a Visiting Professor and Artist in Painting at Chiang Mai University from 2010 - 2011, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Iowa from 2007-2009. She was a founding member of the “Matzo Files,” an artist flat file project inside Streit’s Matzo store on the Lower East Side in 2004.
Schwadron received her BA in Studio art from UC San Diego in 1998 and her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art in 2004. She was a Jacob Javits Fellow from 2002-2004, and facilitated an exchange in order to curate a show in conjunction with the Transmedia Postgraduate Program in Art and Design in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006, Schwadron was awarded a Joan Mitchell Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT. She was also a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2000