Opening reception Saturday September 11, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
(Photo Courtesy of G Fine Art)
G Fine Art presents Julia Oldham’s newest body of work Fundamental Constants (2010-present), seen here through three single-channel videos and recorded in and around her studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, focuses on recreating historical physics experiments and theories with common materials and a DIY sensibility. The original experiments/theories were conceived to measure the fundamental constants of the universe as well as to test various quantum theories. What this research yielded, some of it dating back to the end of the 18th Century, was the principal groundwork for the language of physics that future physicists would expand upon until today. In each of the artist’s adaptations, the experiment’s tools, the act of determining data, and the end results fluidly embellish a sense of play that unbalances the standards of these scientific citations.
For a more thorough exploration of Oldham’s conjoining of science and art, read an essay by José Ruiz on the subject here.
Julia Oldham was born in Maryland and until recently lived and worked in New York. She is in the process of relocating to Portland, Oregon. She has shown widely since she received her MFA in 2005 from the University of Chicago. Solo exhibitions include ones at Art In General, the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Espacio3 Lisbon, Portugal; Macalaster College Gallery St. Paul, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. Group Shows include Bronx Museum (upcoming), the Nunnery at Bow Arts Trust, London, UK; PPOW Gallery, New York; Christopher Henry Gallery, New York; Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD,; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; FACT, Liverpool, UK . Most recently Oldham completed a residency at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Residency , Clermont, KY.
“Strange Readings” opens Saturday September 11 and will be on display until October 16, 2010
G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday noon – 6 pm For more information contact 202.462.1601 or visit www.gfineartdc.com