Adrià Julià: Cat on the Shoulder

Date: September 21, 2013

Opening reception: September 21, 2013 | 6 – 9pm
September 21 – October 5, 2013
18th Street Arts Center
Main Gallery
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

As part of 18th Street Arts Center’s Artist Labs program, Los Angeles based artist, Adrià Julià presents a group of new works focusing on the relationship between the camera and the body developed on site in the center’s Main Gallery. The exhibition “Cat on the Shoulder” represents the culmination of a two-month residency at 18th Street Arts Center and marks the beginning of a new body of work the artist will continue to develop and produce. Durin–g an initial research phase, Julià investigated the effects and changes that cameras produce in the bodies that operate them. Moving past a consideration of the materiality and physicality of film as form, he addresses the somatic connection of filmmaking to the human figure. Working within layers of translation between the moving image, industrial design, and ergonomics, Julià’s work analogizes the structure and function of commercially produced cameras and the biomechanical systems of the body.

In an exhibition spanning film, photography and sculpture, Julia draws relationships between the corpus and camera, registering the transitions of process and materiality, thus linking the biological mechanisms of sight and vision to the inorganic mimicry of film and photography. Following and tracing correlations between the function of the human eye and the camera, Julià’s works call to mind how each records and produces an image, which our brain then responds to in order to construct meaning and indices of reality. While referencing optometry and the mechanics of vision, Julià marks the translations of materialized photographic media, thus questioning the nature of film’s ability to contain content and to transcend the limitations of memory.

Adrià Julià, born in Barcelona and based in Los Angeles, is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses film, video and photographic installations. Julià’s work has been presented in nearly two-dozen solo exhibitions and over forty group exhibitions worldwide. Recently projects include Love. Destiny. Heroes., at Dan Gunn in Berlin, Notes on the Missing Oh at Project Art Centre in Dublin, We’re Everything to Each Other at Lanchester Gallery Projects in Coventry, UK, and Three Artists Walk into a Bar at De Appel Art Center in Amsterdam. Additionally, Julià has shown at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, Insa Art Space in Seoul and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. He was included in the Lyon Bennial, the 7a bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland.

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