Julia Schwartz, studio view, 2012, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches (courtesy of the artist)
Phillip J. Mellen talks with painter Julia Schwartz about her work and process.
Schwartz returns several times in the conversation to the importance of place to her as a painter. "In general," she remarks, "I'm working more from a kind of mental place.. I don't think it's an intellectual place, it's just more from a reverie state… I'm just trying to be open to the experience of being in the studio." Later she comments: "Everything that I do, whether it's painting or work in my office, or just being - living - it's all coming out of the same place… It's like walking around with your filters open all the time… receptive all the time."
Julia Schwartz recently curated the online exhibition States of Being at curatingcontemporary.com (through May 15) and her work will be included in the group show What I Like About You at Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn from May 31 - June 30, 2013.
Interview with painter Julia Schwartz about her work and studio practice. Schwartz notes: "It is very rare for me to start with a conscious idea or concept. That said, I have the feeling that much of the time that I'm out in the world, I'm taking things in that are then going to go into the artwork... When I come into the studio, that is the time for not thinking but for being present with the materials and just painting."
John Seed interviews painter Julia Schwartz about her work and process. Schwartz's work is currently on view in Turbulence at George Lawson Gallery, Culver City (through August 4, 2012) and her exhibition Trading Maps for Stars will be on view at Bleicher Gallery, La Brea from September 15 – October 15, 2012.
Seed writes: "When painting abstractly, Schwartz is an earnest, searching artist who plays fields of painting of distinctive, unfurling forms. When images crop up, as they have been doing more and more in the past year, a more lyric sensibility comes to the forefront. Schwartz is a 'searcher,' committed to painting as a process of finding, and also to the idea that being too sure of what she finds is something to avoid."
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