Julie Nagle“Still Life with Soda” is a medium translation composed with contemporary foods and products analogous to objects in Baroque still life paintings. On view June 7 to June 20. Opening June 7, 6-8pm

Nagle contrasts the urban fetishization of  country goods in her home in Brooklyn (restaurants like Flatbush Farm, urban gardens, people canning goods and making soap) and the opposite impulse in the country (elaborate living room decor in what Better Homes and Gardens calls Country French Baroque).

Nagle’s work explores the performative nature of objects and the monumentalization of individuals.  She composes installations akin to three dimensional paintings, considering common methods of display in contemporary sculpture and 18th century still life painting and photography.  Representational and graphic elements within these spaces introduce illusion and perceptual shifts in depth.

Nagle stages anachronistic fictions in which facets of historical unconscious are explored using contemporary material forms. Below the surface of these fictions are actual histories of innovation, exploration, and ambition which are trace with wry humor, comparing their promises of social and scientific utopias against the present.

Julie Ann Nagle received her BFA from the Cooper Union and completed her MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009.  She has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the MFAH Core Program, the MacDowell Colony, and Seven Below.  In 2011 she participated as an AirSpace Resident at Abrons Art Center and currently lives and works in New York.

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