Sunday, April 19, 2009

Julia Haack show

I first ran into Julia Haack when I reviewed the Environmental Art Show at the gallery at Tacoma Community College. I was very impressed with her work. Julia's sculptures combine sleek minimalist forms with surfaces made of strips of wood or other recycled materials that form woven bands or patches of color, some very reminiscent of Frank Stella's "protractor" series paintings. What I find intriguing about her work is that the woven bands of color are not such much surface decoration but "paintings" that are contained by the sculptural form and which are in constant tension as if trying to break out of their confines. You can see this in works such as "JAX," which can be seen on her blog

If you're in Seattle this month, see her show at the OK Hotel.

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