DePaul Art Museum > Exhibitions > Julia Fish: bound by spectrum
Julia Fish, Threshold, SouthEast – Two [ spectrum : orange with grey ], 2010–14. Oil on canvas. Collection of DePaul Art Museum, Museum purchase and restricted gift of Dia S. Weil and Edward S. Weil, Jr., Melissa Weber and Jay Dandy, and Scott J. Hunter, 2019.11. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Julia Fish, Study for Threshold – Plan : [ las meninas ] [ spectrum : east to west over grey ], 2018. Gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Julia Fish, Spectre : Threshold, SouthWest Two [ spectrum : green ], 2014. Chalk pastel and acrylic on UV paper, overlaid to grey paper. Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Julia Fish, Threshold – Matrix: harbour [spectrum: transposed] / for E and L, 2014–15. Transfer chalk and oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Julia Fish, Threshold, SouthWest – One [ spectrum : red ], 2011–12. Oil on canvas. Private collection, Chicago. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Julia Fish, Threshold – fragments : Matrix [ spectrum with grey ] and Plans [ spectrum : east to west ], 2014–15, revised 2018–19. Installation view in Julia Fish: bound by spectrumat DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: DePaul Art Museum
For three decades, Julia Fish has used her house and its vernacular architecture — a Chicago storefront designed by Theodore Steuben in 1922 — as the basis for a system of mapping color, form, and light in paintings and works on paper. Julia Fish: bound by spectrum presents a survey of the last decade (2009–19) of Fish’s paintings and works on paper while providing new scholarship around her ongoing project that brings together the disciplines of painting, drawing, and architecture. Rendering architectural details at actual size and from observation, she creates a subjective response to objective information, informed by effects of light in space, time of day, the seasons, cardinal direction, and her own physical vantage point. Fish examines and recontextualizes evidence of the house, most recently thresholds between rooms, within paintings, which elude pure abstraction: they are, in fact, depictions of transitional spaces filtered through Fish’s increasingly complex visual logic.
This exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue published by DePaul Art Museum, designed by Studio/lab, and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. It includes essays by exhibition curator and DPAM Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, independent curator Kate Nesin, architect Dan Wheeler, and author Colm Tóibín. The catalogue also includes a selection of more than ten years of previously unpublished studio notes by the artist. Click here to purchase.
Click here for a research guide for this exhibition, compiled by the DePaul University Library.
Press & Reviews"10 of the best winter exhibitions in Chicago," Chicago Hotels Magazine, December 13, 2019Kristin Leigh Hofer, "Exploded View," fnewsmagazine, November 5, 2019Alex Jen, "Finding a Home in the Layered Abstractions of Julia Fish," Frieze, March 10, 2020John Yao, "It's Okay Not to Be a Member of a Club," Hyperallergic, May 30, 2020
Julia Fish: bound by spectrum is organized by DePaul Art Museum and curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator. Generous support for Julia Fish: bound by spectrum is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Anonymous, James Rondeau and Igor DaCosta, Donna Stone, Eric Ceputis and David W. Williams, Jack and Sandra Guthman, Anne L. Kaplan, Valerie Carberry and Richard Wright, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Penny Cooper and Rena Rosenwasser, Dia S. and Edward S. Weil Jr., Scott J. Hunter, David Nolan Gallery, New York, Melissa Weber and Jay Dandy / The Orbit Fund, Helyn Goldenberg and Michael Alper, Susanne Ghez, Tony Karman I EXPO Chicago, Judith and Jules Kirshner. In-kind support was provided by The Ragdale Foundation.