LIGHT STRIKES AND SMASHING SHADOWS

With a all-black to dark grey, monochrome colour palette of charcoal, graphite, lacquer, chalk-like painting materials as well as black and metallic pigments, Julia Emslander extracts personal experiences into painting.The painting and its elements become an organic being that discharges manifold associations, as they are inherent in all life. They form a net that is based on the most elementary and deepest experiences

of consciousness.

Through the absence of colourfulness and the reduction of compositional elements, Emslander’s works offer a counter-position to information excess and content overload. Her process-oriented art is a sensual, emotional and aesthetic offering that comes alive in the confrontation between the work and the person viewing it in an environment and in the interplay between the two - a phenomenological approach that sharpens perception and mindfulness and enables multiple perspectives. Emslander’s

works invite us to pause and allow an emancipation of our own thoughts and emotions. The flatness resulting from this minimalist approach becomes a space that breathes and pulses. The

colour becomes the material and so Emslander explores how the use of different surface and material properties opens up a playful experience of changing light conditions between reflection and absorption.

Gradually, Emslander builds up a pictorial space consisting of surfaces and lines in a typographic-architectural order and non-perspectival depth. She studies and experiments with different pigments, materials and techniques, building up surfaces by applying, removing and overlaying thin layers of paint. This long process of preparation allows for improvisation and intuition at the moment of creation. Her sanded, scratched and partly destroyed surfaces take on the role of the image. In this way, Emslander affects the “skin” of the painting’s body with tools such as knives or chains, even down to her bare fingernails. The relationship of power and strength between the image and the artist and thus the fragility and strength of the female body are negotiated. This physical exhaustion, which constitutes the works, also signals a physiological level of experience

to the viewer. The balance of the discrepancy between aesthetics, surface and violence is constantly shifting.

2022

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vita

Julia Emslander

1989 born in Germany

exhibitions

upcoming

nov, 22

 

sept. 22

sept.
– nov. 22

salondergegenwart, Hamburg

 

Debütantenausstellung, Munich

 

Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover

past

solo

2022

 

2020

2017

"Love Bank", Piazza Affari, Milano, IT

"Tares", AkademieGalerie, München

"Arrangements 1”, T156, München

"Aprés Sun”, Sommersalon, München

2015 – 2022

 

2018

2010 – 2015

Diploma of Fine Arts

Academy of fine arts, Munich

at Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt (2019 – 2022)

at Prof. Anke Doberauer (2015 – 2019)

ESDAMM

École supérieure d’art et de design Marseille-Méditerranée

Bachelor of Arts

University of applied science, Munich

scholarships

2022

 

2021

2018

2017/18

Price of Erwin und Gisela Steiner foundation

Erasmus+ graduation scholarship

Funding scholarship by the state of Bavaria

Nomination for the federal award for art students

Erasmus scholarship

Catalog promotion by Akademieverein München

group (selected)

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

"A5", AS_EM, Leipzig

Graduation show @ Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt, AdBK, Munich

"Steine auf der Landebahn“, Kunsthalle Padova, Munich

"Blick zurück nach vorne”, Galerie Klüser, Munich

"Translating Realities”, Lost Weekend Galerie, Munich

"Ille #10”, Ille Galerie, Munich

"Pandemic Edition”, Mucca, Munich

"Drawing Restrictions”, Rosa Stern, Munich

"Der River”, Alte Spinnerei, Leipzig

"MDCXIX ”, Jahresausstellung AdBK, Munich

"Super Books”, Haus der Kunst, Munich

"female", kunst block balve, Munich

"Anti Auktion", AdBK, Munich

"space is the place”, Atelier Hyph, Marseille, FR

"HLM”, hors les murs, Marseille, FR

"Babel 2", khg, Munich           

"Babel 1", khg, Munich

"Seestück”, Alte Rathaus Galerie, Prien am Chiemsee

"Kopfkino”, Wasserturm, Dachau

"Freisingsing", Modern Studio, ancient prison, Freising

"Leinen los", Jahresausstellung AdBK, Munich

"ADC", Grünsparn, Hamburg

"Einblick", Roter Würfel, Munich

"Uamo", Einstein Kultur, Munich

"Horst galaxy", Kafe Kult, Munich

"tausend Bilder", Farbenladen, Munich

 

"Experimenta", Tallinn, Estonia

"Close up", C/O Berlin, Berlin

 

"Fassade", Puerto Giesing, Munich