Galerie Richard

Julie OPPERMANN - Kaléidoscope

Press release

Jean-Luc and Takako Richard are pleased to present first exhibition of Julie Oppermann in Paris titled Kaléidoscope  from May 7 to June 15, 2022. Oppermann’s work pushes the limits of visual perception, making paintings that are physically difficult to perceive with simple formal shapes. The title of the exhibition Kaleidoscope expresses well its creation of basic geometric forms multiplying in multidimensional spaces. The scintillating effects arising through the calculated layering and juxtaposition of contrasting colors through repetitive geometrical patterns (mostly circles in the new series) elicit shuttering afterimages, optical flicker, and disorienting sensations of movement and space. Julie Oppermann continues 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. They are also works that encourage a reactivity of the viewer who will discover different readings according to the distance to the work and the position of face or side. 

Julie Oppermann is an american artist from California who 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), and 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 Jiemenez-Colon (Puerto Rico). 

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