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Julia von Eichel
updated: 08/20/2013
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled #1
Untitled #3
Untitled #3
Untitled #4
Untitled #4
Hey Lady
Sculpture I
Sculpture I detail
Sculpture II
Sculpture II detail
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, obsessive, site-specific
 
 
Untitled #1 by Julia von Eichel
Untitled #1
Mylar, Acrylic, string
2006
Dimensions variable
Untitled #3 by Julia von Eichel
Untitled #3
acrylic, mylar, string
2007
Dimensions variable
Untitled #3 by Julia von Eichel
Untitled #3
acrylic, mylar, string
2007
Dimensions variable
Untitled #4 by Julia von Eichel
Untitled #4
acrylic, mylar, string
2007
Dimensions variable
Untitled #4 by Julia von Eichel
Untitled #4
acrylic, mylar, string
2007
Dimensions variable
Hey Lady by Julia von Eichel
Hey Lady
acrylic, mylar, string, plexiglass and wood
2008
41" x  22"  x 5" 
Sculpture I by Julia von Eichel
Sculpture I
Acrylic, mylar, wood, nylon string, metal enamel, plexiglass tubes
2012
65" x  72"  x 59" 
Sculpture I detail by Julia von Eichel
Sculpture I detail
Acrylic, mylar, wood, nylon string, metal enamel, plexiglass tubes
2012
65" x  72"  x 59" 
Sculpture II by Julia von Eichel
Sculpture II
Acrylic, mylar, wood, nylon string, metal enamel, plexiglass tubes
2012
54" x  36"  x 54" 
Sculpture II detail by Julia von Eichel
Sculpture II detail
Acrylic, mylar, wood, nylon string, metal enamel, plexiglass tubes
2012
54" x  36"  x 54" 

Artist Statement
Julia von Eichel
Artist’s Statement

Six years ago I abandoned color and started making white drawings that twisted light into patterns.   Though the medium was oil paint, I considered the work drawings, since my technique was to etch miniscule grooves into burnished surfaces of paint, and when light fell on these grooves, patterns would move with the viewer and take on their own subtle hues, from silver to pink to orange.  All of the dynamics within the drawings was confined to these solid white surfaces, kinetic but contained, expressive but austere.
    As my work continued to develop, I felt like I could no longer contain the kinetic energy in my drawings to a flat surface on the wall.  I wanted to make work that would occupy three dimensional space in the room, that would have an architecture as well as chaos.  
    The body of work that emerged became sculptures that are both drawings and installations.  They are built into the room and vary depending on the proportions of the space, creating a three dimensional framework in which the drawings are trapped.  First, I spill paint onto sheets of mylar, and, using a blow dryer, push the paint into shapes and textures.  Then I cut the shapes out of the mylar and carve patterns into the shapes.  I then manipulate them by threading strings through the mylar and fixing the string to the ceiling and the floor.  The placement of the strings creates planes and lines, just as they would if I could draw a line in mid-air; for me they give the pieces a sense of formal structure.  The mylar that floats inside this structure feels deceptively wistful and uncontrolled, capturing light in its seemingly organic arrangement.  In fact, it is meticulously placed, because in any other position the structure of the piece would fail.  It is this interplay between tension and laxity, between control and raw expression, that I seek to achieve in these works.

Artist Bio / CV
 JULIA VON EICHEL
70 Cambridge Place
Brooklyn NY 11238
917 667-6467
juliavoneichel@yahoo.com   

Education
1993-1996 School of Visual Arts
1992-1993 The Art Institute of Chicago
1991 Corcoran School of the Arts

Exhibitions (*Solo Shows)

Feb.    2005*    Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York,NY
June   2004        Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY
May        2002*    Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, NY
Feb.    2002        Graham Gallery, New York, NY
Sept.     2001*    Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington D.C
Oct.       2001*    Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, NY
June   2000    Abstraction: Form to Field, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland Oregon
Jan.    2000    4 PLY at 3 Crosby St., curated by Lisa Jacobs, New York, NY.
July    1999        Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, NY.
Nov.   1998    WORKS ON PAPER, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.
June   1998        WALLPAPER, Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, NY.
June   1998         FRESH, Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC
May    1998*    Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
 

Collections
GoldmanSachs, New York, NY
The Equitable Life Assurance, New York, NY
Reckson Associates, New York, NY
The John W. Hechinger, Sr. Collection, "Tools As Art", Washington, DC
Stephanie von Pfuel, Munich, Germany
John Kluge, Munich, Germany, Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York City
Ritz Carlton, New York, NY
Elizabeth Flick, London, England

Citings
March 1999 Sarah Tanguy, Historian, "Comments on the Hechinger Collection", National Museum of American Art

Bibliography
Kenneth Johnson, "Three Painters", The New York Times, July 1999
The Pleasures of Abstraction, The Oregonian, July 2000
Short List, The New Yorker, May 2002