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Julia Bland, Spring Shadow, 2015

Spring Shadow, 2015
Linen, silk, curtain, ink, and oil paint
87 by 87 inches (221 x 221 cm)

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Julia Bland, Spring Shadow, 2015

Spring Shadow, 2015 (detail)
Linen, silk, curtain, ink, and oil paint
87 by 87 inches (221 x 221 cm)

Julia Bland, Noon Ashes, 2014

Noon Ashes, 2014
Linen, wool, and oil paint
87 by 86 inches
221 by 215.9 cm

Julia Bland, Noon Ashes, 2014

Noon Ashes, 2014 (detail)
Linen, wool, and oil paint
87 by 86 inches

Julia Bland, Lines From Memory, 2015

Lines From Memory, 2015
Silk, linen, wool, oil paint, and dye
89 by 84 inches (226.1 by 213.4)

Julia Bland, Lines From Memory, 2015

Lines From Memory, 2015 (detail)
Silk, linen, wool, oil paint, and dye
89 by 84 inches (226.1 by 213.4)

Julia Bland, Winter, 2015

Winter, 2015
Linen, wool, canvas, velvet, ink, bleach and oil paint
87 by 87 inches (221 x 221 cm)

Winter, 2015 (detail) Linen, wool, canvas, velvet, ink, bleach and oil paint 87 by 87 inches (221 x 221 cm)

Winter, 2015 (detail)
Linen, wool, canvas, velvet, ink, bleach and oil paint
87 by 87 inches (221 x 221 cm)

Julia Bland, A Cold Sun a Burning Tree, 2015

A Cold Sun A Burning Tree, 2015
Linen, wool, cotton, velvet, and oil paint
87-1/2 by 85 inches (219.7 by 215.9 cm)

Julia Bland, A Cold Sun A Burning Tree, 2015

A Cold Sun A Burning Tree, 2015 (detail)
Linen, wool, cotton, velvet, and oil paint
87-1/2 by 85 inches (219.7 by 215.9 cm)

Julia Bland, Drawing, 2014

Untitled drawing, 2014

Julia Bland, Untitled drawing, 2014

Untitled drawing, 2014

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JULIA BLAND
If You Want To Be Free

September 9 – October 25, 2015

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On Stellar Rays is pleased to announce the opening of Julia Bland’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and in New York, If You Want To Be Free.

Bland’s large-scale works incorporate painting and weaving, exploring the structures and patterns that combine disparate elements into a whole. Ropes, painted canvas, and fabrics woven by the artist are stitched together, forming boundaries that further bind the work – warp to weft, image to object. The surface is a visible record of Bland’s evolving and multi-faceted process.

Bland utilizes abstraction to negotiate the space between geometry, symbolism, and representation. Shapes emerge – an arrow, a shelter, a canyon, a figure – seemingly familiar, universal, and archaic. While the compositions incorporate structures that imply pure or timeless forms, color and materiality evoke an embodied visual experience. This contrast generates a transient exchange between subjectivity of personal memory and consciousness of the infinite or eternal.

Julia Bland (b. in Palo Alto, 1986) received her MFA from Yale in 2012, and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. In 2008, she received the Natasha and Jacques Gelman Travel Fellowship to study Islamic art and Sufism in Morocco. Recent group exhibitions include On Stellar Rays, New York; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York; Anna Kustera Gallery, New York. She is currently a resident in the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.