Bedtime Blues - Mixed Media Art by Julia Jueun Jo
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Julia Jueun Jo
Bedtime Blues

2018

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Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Figure painting by artist Julia Jueun Jo. Oil, acrylic, flashe, and sand on canvas. Canvas comes fully stretched. Julia Jueun Jo wishes to paint paintings that oscillate between the figurative and abstract. With her current body of work, she captures fleeting moments in life that often escape words. Through each painting, the artist wishes to achieve a level of psychologically ‘charged’ presence. Jo chases after the intimacy, emotion, and sensations that are so visceral, but so often lost in desperate attempts at translation and communication. Julia Jueun Jo begins a painting by seeking out a composition. She fills the surfaces with multiple figures engaged in a charged moment, captured quickly in drawings of diluted oil with a thinner brush. As she has always been drawn to the human figuration, she wishes to loosen the forms in order for this vagueness to give room for alternate visual compositions. She borrows the human figuration in order to ground the painting and to establish a structure on which layers of oil paint can then be built. The figure serves more as a metaphor and an allusion to the mood she intends to capture. Jo paints in order to depict, if not capture, these moments that are not quite aptly describable with words. The figures almost always form relationships, whether it be a desirable or a detrimental one. She searches for a composition through quick drawings, through the borrowing of human forms, where color and texture can dance to ultimately produce an earnest rendering of psychologically charged moments that are often difficult to describe in words. She depicts multiple figures within each painting, which produces a relationship of its own, which extends itself to the viewer to form a secondary relationship. The artist relies on color, medium, and markings to capture a state of mind or a feeling beyond the established composition, so that the starting point does not dominate the final picture, but opens up moments of access for the viewer. Some concepts depicted are bygone relationships as well as those to come, with various family members, friends, partners, and even strangers. The hope is to capture this moment of push and pull in a relationship, not exclusive to the romantic, where the agreed upon performance gives way to an earnest and unfamiliar moment of intimacy. The artist works to occupy states of mind and body in total saturation, whether it be of familiar emotions, or those more subtle and delicate ones layered atop another. Julia Jueun Jo’s passionate interest in these moments blurs the line between mind and body. It is essential for a painting to exist in a certain place of vagueness, so that it is not overdefined by the narrative or the imagery. The coexistence of abstraction and figuration form a necessary companionship to achieve this moment of revealing and capturing the fleeting, intangible and invisible moments.

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  • Dimensions
    H 60 in. x W 72 in.H 152.4 cm x W 182.88 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU93313757711
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