Doubles | Julia Rooney
Presented by Chashama
September 13 – October 1, 2017
One Brooklyn Bridge (360 Furman Street)
Nearest Trains: R, 4, 5, 2, 3
Saturday, September 16, 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Artist will be present on opening weekend:
September 16, 12pm-8pm
September 17, 12pm-6pm
In Doubles, Julia Rooney investigates the construction of domestic space, as it is both physically built and socially performed through habitation. Using a range of materials sourced from the home—drywall, retired clothing, house paint, linens, and roofing felt—Rooney creates painted objects that reclaim and estrange our understanding of domestic spaces, from the intimate to the political. A series of large-scale installations, including window shades, freestanding screens, and temporary walls, invite us to consider the boundaries against which our bodies define themselves.
“Doubles” refers to both the works’ mode of production and their finished visual form, which ranges from diptychs to compositions with repeating imagery. Warped stretcher bars, skateboard decks, architectural detritus, and furniture provide non-rectilinear frames and support structures which Rooney refers to, and sometimes directly copies, while painting their surfaces. As such, the imagery painted within and on top of these frames often references the shape of the frames themselves. Rooney states, “I think about the way a painting is both an illusionistic surface and a dimensional object, and how this duality allows a viewer to oscillate between the imagined, pictorial space within the frame, and their real and unique viewing position in the world.”
About the Artist
Julia Rooney is a painter and teaching artist, born and raised in New York City. Though rooted in painting, her studio work often bridges other disciplines, including writing, social practice, and the culinary arts. She has exhibited her work at spaces including ArtHelix, Local Project, Hot Wood Arts Center, Blue Mountain Gallery, Artspace, Art House Productions, and The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Residences include The League Residency at Vyt (2016), The Vermont Studio Center (2014), Engaging Artists (2014), and Studio Art Centers International (2009). She has led workshops and taught with organizations throughout New York, including The Joan Mitchell Foundation, and is currently a Wurtele Gallery Teacher at the Yale University Art Gallery. She is also trained as a Legacy Specialist through the CALL Program (Creating a Living Legacy), which focuses on archiving a senior artist’s lifetime of work through one-on-one work in the studio.
Rooney received her B.A. from Harvard College (2011) in Visual & Environmental Studies, with a Secondary in Italian. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. at Yale School of Art in Painting/Printmaking (class of 2018).
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org