Artist of the Day / Julia Randall / NYC and Connecticut

I find Julia’s drawings both difficult to look at, and difficult to look away from.  They are all quite large.  Two to three feet on a side.

“Julia Randall is in love with drawing, and uses her seductive technique to craft images that subtly challenge assumptions about corporeality, desire, and the natural world. Intersecting sensibilities activate her work; images are simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive. Although she clearly operates in the realm of fantasy, Randall uses observation-based drawing and hyperrealistic technique to create images that are surreal and suggestive.”

“Lick Line, 2002-2004     Lick Line is a series of disembodied mouths floating in space. Rendered in exacting detail, the tongues protrude and beckon the viewer to come close. The mouth is the body’s critical site, where we eat, speak, kiss and bite; it is both ferocious and tender. We see the mouth and tongue all the time, yet they are highly intimate. Seen as a group the mouths undulate and bounce. Like many voices talking at once, they strangely invade our space with humor and perversity.”


“Blown
, 2011-2012     Bubblegum initially connotes innocent, cheeky pleasure, yet the fragile skin of gum also points to the susceptibility of the body, and the dreaded passage of time. Bubble gum is an insignificant, disposable material, and the pleasure taken from its flavor is fleeting. The bubble is a vessel that holds our breath, for a brief moment, in a physical form. Seen as a group, the inflating/ deflating bubble imagery is a visual manifestation of breathing. They are decidedly anthropomorphic, and can appear abject, fragile, and as vulnerable as the human body.”

http://www.julia-randall.com

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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One Response to Artist of the Day / Julia Randall / NYC and Connecticut

  1. You’re right…difficult but fascinating the same. I’m amazed by hyper realistic drawings and paintings and envious as well.

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