Galerie Richard

Julie OPPERMANN - 2011-2022

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Julie OPPERMANN            2011-2022         September 2 – October 21, 2023

Jean-Luc and Takako Richard are pleased to present Julie Oppermann’s second solo exhibition in Paris, titled 2011-2022 from September 2 to October 21, 2023. This small retrospective shows the evolution and diversity of her pictorial research, as well as its great coherence. With a background in neuroscience, Oppermann seeks above all to expose the immaterial and subjective aspects of visual perception, and to show you the creative process with all its imperfections. Oppermann’s work pushes the boundaries of visual perception with simple formal forms. The glittering effects resulting from the calculated superimposition and juxtaposition of contrasting colors through repetitive geometric patterns (mainly circles in the new series) elicit afterimages, optical scintillations and disorientating sensations of movement and space. Julie Oppermann enters the history of optical painting in the digital age.

The paintings, on one hand, reference the digital, looking as if they might be computer-generated, vector-based interference patterns; up close, however, they reveal a gestural, intuitive approach. Glitches, bleeds and mis-registrations rupture the illusory field of the moiré, creating visual noise and also highlight the basic tools at work: taped-off line patterns, grid, and paint on canvas. Where others approach ideas such as rasterization, pixelation, image compression, data loss and corruption primarily through the more obvious channel of digital media, Oppermann succeeds, instead, by effecting these phenomena directly through the medium of perception itself. The glitch, so to speak, occurs in the viewing of the work, by distorting the viewer’s field of vision, and interfering with their ability to “see” and look at the painting.

Born in San Francisco in 1982, Julie Oppermann lives and works in Berlin. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, and a Master’s in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2012 she completed a residency at FAAP in São Paulo, an academic exchange with Professor Robert Lucander at the Berlin University of the Arts and completed her M.F.A. at Hunter College. In 2013 and 2015 she had solo exhibitions at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. She is exhibits regularly at Galerie Stefan Roepke in Cologne and has regularly solo shows in Berlin. Her work is included in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX), a the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), The Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA, The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV, the Collection Jimenez-Colon (Puerto Rico)…


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