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Work(in)Space_Julia Bowden: I Resti della Natura

Julia Bowden, Resti della natura

WORK(IN)SPACE: "I Resti della Natura," an exhibition of new works by SACI MFA in Studio Art candidate Julia Bowden

SACI's Maidoff Gallery  
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21st at 6pm
On View: March 21 - 24, 2019

Julia Bowden: "I Resti della Natura"

The cycle of life and death, growth and decay, precious and worthless, rhizomatic and binary are all conversations Julia Bowden explores in her recent exhibition "I Resti Della Natura."

Julia explores the philosophy of nature through its rhizomatic or binary growth within the gallery "white cube." Questions are asked such as: What is nature? What is our relationship to it? How can nature grow in the contemporary world and in the gallery space?

Iterations of a seed are exposed through transparent layered drawings, allowing the viewer to see how it would grow rhizomatically, or without a common origin. Seeds spreading out, growing in a seemingly chaotic, yet systematic, order similar to grass, take over each drawing, limited only by the size of the paper. Sealed together with resin, the drawings will eventually deconstruct and crumble over time. The illustration of growth is tied to its ultimate decomposition.

Diversely, the binary growth represented in the bronze and natural branches refer to previous life, an homage to its past. In an experimental process, the artist casts the bronze by burning away the branch, making the sculpture the only remainder of the decaying branch. The white frames function as extensions of the gallery wall, while the bronze and natural branches weave in and out of the space. The quiet solitude of the white cube, the international definition of a gallery space, does not stop nature from slowly moving in. The replacement of a semi-precious material for an organic branch that would eventually rot away encourages the viewer to question what is precious about dying nature, if anything at all.

WORK(IN)SPACE is a series of exhibition projects by SACI 2nd-Year MFA in Studio Art candidates, as part of the Professional Practicum Seminar. Students work directly with SACI's Maidoff Gallery to critically engage with the challenges offered by preparing an exhibition. Each week a new opening presents a coherent body of work of the artists. Working one-to-one with SACI Instructors Daria Filardo and Pietro Gaglianò, students step outside of their studio environment to rethink their work in an exhibition setting, learning to consider all the aspects, limitations, and needs of the given space to achieve the best final result.

WORK(IN)SPACE is held in SACI’s Maidoff Gallery and includes all phases of the exhibition, from the planning to the installation and opening of the show. Visitors are invited to attend the openings, or visit during gallery hours.

SACI's Maidoff Gallery Via Sant'Egidio 14 Gallery Hours: M-F 9-7pm / S-S 1-7pm

View the complete Work(in)Space exhibition calendar.

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