RBC EMERGING ARTIST SERIES
Julie Oh's projects often start with an overlooked object that is used to stage a series of questions, displacements and transformations. The results mix the intuitive and the illogical, teasing out notions of value, purpose and expectation.
For her new work lines (2018), Oh repurposes a wood moulding typically used for home décor. This unassuming material takes on new dimensions at the museum, soaring from floor to ceiling and gliding up or down in the elevator. The two lengths of wood mirror each other and call attention to how their surroundings are shaped, connected and moved through by visitors.
The installation is accompanied by a documented performance where Oh and several assistants transport the wood from the artist’s apartment into the museum. Set on opposite banks of the South Saskatchewan River, the journey between these locations spans only 650 meters. This transit plays with ideas of access and proximity, while underscoring how the status of an object changes according to its context.
lines is installed in multiple areas at the museum: Level 3 elevator alcove, north passenger elevator, and Cameco Play Area on Level 2.
Julie Oh is featured through the annual RBC Emerging Artist Series, which provides support for the production of a new work at Remai Modern. Taking full advantage of the museum’s architectural spaces, the projects will be situated throughout the museum, and may include site-specific installations, new-media works, publishing initiatives, interventions or performances.
Curated by Rose Bouthillier, Curator (Exhibitions)
Julie Oh is an emerging artist from Saskatoon. She completed her MFA as a Fulbright Fellow at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions including: Living Architecture (2018), 6018 North, Chicago; Double Gaze (2018), ACRE Projects Gallery, Chicago; Punctured Landscape (2017), Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC; The New Normal (2017), Supa Salon, Istanbul, Turkey and The Hanger (an UMAM D&R Project), Beirut, Lebanon.
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