Friday, March 2, 2012

Welcome 2012: "Zigzags, Stripes, and Shadows" by Julie Alpert

"Stream of consciousness drawings become blueprints for how I respond to the Telephone Room's cramped, charming, and curious architecture. Utilizing the shelves, telephone alcove, cabinet doors, and window, painted lines follow and cascade off the various surfaces transforming the once useful room into a mysterious three-dimensional painting. Cardboard figures cast ominous shadows while woodgrain contact paper is collaged to mimic the old hardwood floor. While preparation and gathering of materials happen offsite, final decisions for how to arrange and address the space are improvised, dependent on my intuition for composition and color relationships."
---Julie Alpert, February 2012.

Julie Alpert, Telephone blueprint 1, 2012, collage, 5.5" x 8.5".
Photo courtesy of Julie Alpert.

Julie Alpert, Telephone blueprint 2, 2012, collage, 5.5" x 8.5".
Photo courtesy of Julie Alpert.

Julie Alpert, Telephone blueprint 3, 2012, collage, 5.5" x 8.5".
Photo courtesy of Julie Alpert.

The Telephone Room Coloring Book Project:
As a way to gain insight into Julie's process, a stack of blank "blueprint" sketches of the Telephone Room will be provided alongside collage materials. Visitors are encouraged to customize a blueprint, much like the empty pages in a coloring book, according to their own intuition, aesthetic and imagination. Drawings will remain at the gallery through the duration of the show.
Julie Alpert, Telephone blueprint, 2012, ink drawing, 5.5" x 8.5".
Photo courtesy of Julie Alpert.

Julie Alpert is an artist living in Seattle, SOIL member and Gage Academy instructor who was awarded a 2012 Pollock-Krasner Grant. Her artwork has most recently been seen at the ONN:OF Festival, SOIL gallery, UW Jacob Lawrence Gallery, NEPO House and much more. Julie will be creating a site-specific work within the Telephone Room Gallery.

See and read more at: www.juliealpert.com and www.juliealpert.blogspot.com.

Zigzags, Stripes, and Shadows by Julie Alpert is on view at the Telephone Room Gallery from March 3 - April 30, 2012. Viewable by appointment almost anytime -- email us at thetelephoneroom@gmail.com for an appointment.

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