Julianne Swartz, Void Weaves, Bone Scores, Installation View

Julianne Swartz, Void Weaves, Bone Scores, Installation View

Julianne Swartz, Void Weaves, Bone Scores, Installation View

Julianne Swartz, Void Weaves, Bone Scores, Installation View

Julianne Swartz, Void Weaves, Bone Scores, Installation View

Julianne Swartz

Bone Score (Paper Zero), 2016

Stainless steel wire, magnet wire, magnet, abaca paper, amplifier, audio player, wood Sounds of: breathing, a whispered conversation, a timpani drum, rustling paper, a child’s laugh, a storm, thunder

125h x 26w x 22d in
317.50h x 66.04w x 55.88d cm

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Julianne Swartz

Bone Score (Tangle), 2016

Stainless steel wire, magnet wire, magnets, abaca paper, amplifier, audio player, wood Sounds of: breathing, a geiger counter, fireworks, electrical current, a windy night, a flock of birds

32h x 22w x 93d in
81.28h x 55.88w x 236.22d cm

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Julianne Swartz

Bone Score (Drum), 2016

Unglazed porcelain, stainless steel, magnet wire, magnets, abaca paper, wire, amplifier, audio player, wood Sounds of: breathing, swallowing, metal flexing, an MRI, rain on a metal roof, a Beatles song, a heart beating, a man’s last breaths on an oxygen machine

11h x 8w x 50d in
27.94h x 20.32w x 127d cm

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Julianne Swartz
Stability Study (bowl), 2015
Maple hardwood, steel, magnet, unglazed porcelain
80h x 10w x 15d in
203.20h x 25.40w x 38.10d cm
1/3, Edition of 3 with 2 A.P.
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Julianne Swartz

Bone Score (Long Tail), 2016

Unglazed porcelain, magnet wire, magnets, abaca paper, wire, amplifier, audio player, wood Sounds of: breathing, a heart beating, fire, a Kepler star pulse, a children’s song

8h x 12w x 102d in
20.32h x 30.48w x 259.08d cm

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Julianne Swartz

Void Weave (through), 2017

Steel wire

90h x 19w x 19d in
228.60h x 48.26w x 48.26d cm

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Julianne Swartz

Void Weave (tremor), 2017

Enameled copper wire, magnet, wood, electronics

50h x 5w x 7d in
127h x 12.70w x 17.78d cm

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Julianne Swartz
Zero Weave, 2017
Enameled copper wire
62h x 14w x 12d in
157.48h x 35.56w x 30.48d cm
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Unique

Julianne Swartz: Void Weaves, Bone Scores

November 14, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday November 11, 2017 from 11am to 3pm

 

Josée Bienvenu Gallery is very pleased to present Julianne Swartz’ fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition draws from two recent bodies of work: Bone Scores (2016) and Void Weaves (2017). In these, Swartz crafts traditional materials, electrical currents and sound-waves into disquieting, disarming sculptures that embody invisible presence and tangible absence.
 

Each Bone Score transmutes sound to be visual and tactile. Sculptures made of wire, paper, ceramic, and magnets act as functional “speakers” that translate a score of sounds to vibration and gesture. The energy of sound is dispersed through both aurality and action. Movements in the sculptures have an uncanny familiarity as they demonstrate the attack and release of both recognizable and uncommon sounds. Material trembles and palpitates in uncertainty, actualizing restlessness and unease.
 

The Void Weave sculptures are containers, cavities and pouches, woven and spun from steel and electrical wire. Some of the wire is impossibly thin, like hair. Each vessel uses a different weave, dialect and behavior to hold form. They are unguarded and soft. Some of the Void Weaves carry electrical current, producing shudders and vibrations through the wires. Tenuous lines delineate and hold space. Emptiness becomes substance.
 

Taken together, the works engage a palpable vulnerability: the tenderness of bodies, the fragility of form, and the susceptibility of matter to the intangible.
 

Born in Phoenix, AZ, Julianne Swartz lives and works in Stone Ridge, New York. Swartz’ work is currently featured in a large scale installation in Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City through February 25, 2018; and Resonant Spaces at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH through December 10, 2017. Ongoing installations include: In Harmonicity, the Tonal Walkway, at MASS MoCA, MA; Blue Sky with Rainbow, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, AU; and Terrain, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN.
 

Past exhibitions include a traveling mid-career survey, How Deep is Your, the deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (2012), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ (2013), and Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN (2014). Explode Everyday: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2016); Terrain, De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL (2013); Digital Empathy, The Highline, New York (2011); The Sound of Light, The Jewish Museum, New York (2009); Voice and Void, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2007); the Liverpool Biennial, Tate Museum, UK (2006); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004). Swartz was the recipient of the Anonymous was a Women Award in 2015.