Giuseppe Penone at Marian Goodman
Abdolreza Aminlari and Drew Shiflett at Storefront Bushwick

Julie Torres at Taller Boricua

Two 12 Hours with Austins

Julie Torres, My 12 Hours With Austin Thomas (Acrylic on 55 Sheets of 9 x 12 Inch Paper, 2011) & Another 12 Hours With Austin (Acrylic on 3 sheets of 38 x 48 Inch Paper, 2011)

James writes:

Every schoolkid knows that painting can be fun. Julie Torres (b. 1971) does not let us forget it. This Brooklyn-based artist is an evangelist for the radiant line and the colorful schmear. Much of her work is the result of marathon studio sessions that are part performance and part product. By painting a wall of works in a single day, often in the company of other artists, she tweaks what an abstract artist is supposed to be. Rather than labored, secretive and solitary, her work is ad hoc, transparent and communal.

Paintings and Drawings 2- Taller

Julie Torres, Assorted Paintings and Drawings. Gouache, Acrylic, Watercolor on Paper and Sketchbooks, 2011- 2012. courtesy Paul Behnke/Structure and Imagery

Taller Boricua, a nonprofit gallery in the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in Spanish Harlem, captures this exuberance. The show also demonstrates how New York’s alternative arts scene now includes Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and northern Manhattan. Here, Ms. Torres carries her improvisational style to the carefree placement of work. Paintings of bright shapes and bold colors bend around corners, appear at ceiling height and floor level, and on two doors hidden in the gallery. Mounted with pushpins, these works on paper in acrylic, gouache and watercolor are all left unframed.

Folded and Dot Paintings- Taller

Julie Torres, Assorted Paintings and Drawings, Acrylic on Paper, 2011 - 2012. courtesy Paul Behnke/Structure and Imagery

Not everything performs at grade level. A few too many rainbows are scattered about. But underlying the apparent simplicity is smart paint handling. Ms. Torres’s most resonant work is “My 12 Hours With Austin Thomas” (2011). More than 8 feet tall, composed of 55 individual paper sheets, this is abstract art in mural form. The painting has a message, and the message is to paint.

My 15 Hours with Geddes Levenson- Taller

Julie Torres, My 15 Hours With Geddes Levenson, Acrylic on 42 Sheets of 9 x 12 Paper, 2011

Details:

Julie Torres: Bold As Love
Taller Boricua
1680 Lexington Ave.
(212) 831-4333
Through July 14

Julie Torres will next show at Storefront Bushwick, opening July 6

--adapted from An Improv of Color And Threads of HopeThe Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2012

Paintings and Drawings 1- Taller

Julie Torres, Assorted Paintings and Drawings. Gouache, Acrylic, Watercolor on Paper and Sketchbooks, 2011- 2012

Sketchbook- Taller

Julie Torres, Assorted Paintings and Drawings. Gouache, Acrylic, Watercolor on Paper, Sketchbooks and Playing Cards, 2011- 2012

Comments

Paul Behnke

Congratulations, Julie, on a great show!

Jaiquanfayson

Awesome! I like the way the pics fit together. I love the whimsical flavor and she's from Brooklyn!

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