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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