Exhibition Dates: December 12 - January 25, 2014
Reception & Book Signing:
Thursday, December 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Visual enhancement of found images is British artist Julie Cockburn's method of choice. A sculptor by training, Cockburn's treats found images as more than prints but as objects. Mementos- family snapshots, portraits, and landscapes are collected from antique shops, antique stores, and internet sites and enhanced by a fine and meticulous hand. These images inherently come charged with forgotten stories and lost personal history but are reinvented by Cockburn and infused with new meaning. Through embellishment or concealment new suggested narratives unfold. Because her technique is so laborious and detail oriented we are seduced by both the imperfection of the image and perfection of the modification. It is in the space between we as viewers can reinvent and trace the path the artist did in exploring these images through interaction and mark-making. While lost can not be found that is not the aim of the work- wonder and invention is more at the core. The dialogue Cockburn had in producing the work and her choices in alteration translates to the viewer as curiosity. We desire to linger and discern. At times we effort to reconstruct a kaleidoscoped visage or to imagine the faces behind embroidered veils and in others playful shapes are simply magical elements woven into the existing image. In these we float on lightness and drift into our own memories.
Julie Cockburn has exhibited her work throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. The artist received a B.A. in sculpture from the Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London and studied at Chelsea College of Art, London. Cockburn was born in 1966 in London, England where she currently lives and works. This exhibition marks the artist's first solo exhibition in the Untied States. Signed copies of Cockburn's monograph Conversations (2012), published by Tycoon Books, will be available at the signing reception on December 12.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Yossi Milo Gallery