Opening December 5, 2008, Julie Sasse is featured in a one-woman show, Julie Sasse: Mixed Media at the Temple Gallery, located in downtown Tucson. The exhibition runs through January 13, 2009. Rooted in the collage and assemblage traditions of the Surrealist and West Coast Neo-Dada artists, Sasse’s insightful work reveals a fascination with the symbolic content of found objects and appropriated images. The artist, Tucson Museum of Art Chief Curator, says that in her work she tries to, “express the human awareness of life and death, the selective memories of our past, and our existential need to mark our place within society.”
Sasse’s recent mixed media work highlights the relationship between her use of cast off materials such as rusted metal, printed paper and crumbling mirrors, and painting and drawing. Works such as Area of Refuge (2002) set up a series of oppositional gestures between the use of simple geometric forms and uneven pools of paint, and between the flat surface of the support and the three dimensionality of the broken wooden stick. These complex material juxtapositions, replete with references to the history and theory of art, function as intellectual and emotional metaphors for states of being. The accidental discovery of a discarded object, like a broken wooden stick, is for Sasse, a metaphor for a memory lost and rediscovered. However, she is aware that viewers bring their unique experiences, perceptions and expectations that will produce divergent and even contradictory readings of her work. Area of Refuge is just one example of the way in which Julie Sasse builds a complete visual, sensorial and emotional moment in her subtly charged images.
Please join us at the Temple Gallery for the artist reception on Friday, December 5th from 5:30pm-7:30pm to celebrate the opening of Julie Sasse: Mixed Media and meet the photographer.
Julie Sasse: Mixed Media runs from December 5th, 2008 through January 13, 2009 at the Temple Gallery located at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue in downtown Tucson. An artist reception will be held at the gallery on opening night, Friday, December 5, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. For more information please contact Etherton Gallery, which manages the Temple Gallery, at (520) 624-7370 info @ ethertongallery.com.
Represented in Tucson by Etherton Gallery Julie Sasse is available for interviews upon request. Please contact the gallery at 520-624-7370 or info @ ethertongallery.com to schedule an interview or obtain more information about her work.