Art Uncovered - Julie Torres

Premiere DateJul 31, 2012
00:00 Thomas Intro
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02:39 Julie Torres Interview pt. 1
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06:10 Perfume V - Pavement
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08:18 Julie Torres Interview pt. 2
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12:17 Me Jane - PJ Harvey
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15:00 Julie Torres Interview pt. 3
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17:18 Germ of Youth Part II Comet Gain
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19:15 Julie Torres Interview pt. 4
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23:44 Hanky Panky Nohow Yo La Tengo
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24:30 Julie Torres Interview pt. 5
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27:47 All Smiles and Mariachi Lambchop
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31:07 Julie Torres Interview pt. 6
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33:18 He's a Mighty Good Leader Beck
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35:52 Julie Torres Interview pt. 7
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38:35 Summer's Torn Butterglory
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41:16 Julie Torres Interview pt. 8
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44:10 Myth of the Front Tracy and the Plastics
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46:34 Finish
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A Hole in My Life

Julie Torres is a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. She’s known around Brooklyn for her public painting marathons, in which Julie takes over a space and produces dozens of playful, off the cuff abstract paintings over a 12 or even 24 hour period. Often she’ll invite the public to watch her work, even take home a painting.

For her latest show, Ghost in the Machine at Storefront Bushwick, Julie has slowed down her process. Instead of working with water-based paints on paper, as she did for her marathons, she has moved to acrylic on small square boards. Each painting is built up with dozens and dozens of layer of paint, and Julie has added objects from around her studio — paper bags, rope, sheets of dried paint —to produce works that are just as much three dimensional objects as they are  flat paintings.Transitioning to a new way of working did not come easily. Unlike Julie’s marathon paintings which were were quick and spontaneous, each one of the works in Ghost in the Machine were labored over in the studio. But Julie says frustration and getting stuck on a painting, are often what lead to the most successful works.

This week  I met with Julie at Storefront Bushwick to talk about her show, why she names her paintings after Police songs, and how being an art school dropout has shaped her style as a painter.

Ghost in the Machine

Can’t Stand Losing You

Canary in a Coal Mine

Driven to Tears

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Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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