Last week, Oregon Arts Commission announced the thirteen recipients of their 2016 Individual Artist Fellowships. If you follow us on our various social media channels, you already know that Julie Green and Brenna Murphy were on that list of awardees. While very different artists producing work as individual as they are, they do share a creative drive that is as apparent in their personalities as in their work.
Julie Green had her first solo exhibition with us in November and December, My New Blue Friends. She also gave a 45-minute artist talk during that exhibition, going in depth regarding the work in the show, her ongoing series titled The Last Supper, and her creative practice in general. While I can't tell you that the quality of the video is excellent, Julie provides useful insight into her imagery, media, and the role of meditation in her practice.
Brenna Murphy has been part of Upfor's journey from the beginning. We've had the pleasure of two solo exhibitions (Lattice~Face Parameter Chant and Central~Lattice Tool Array), as well as a solo booth at Art15 in London. Last year, Brenna debuted a new video work before giving a talk about her own creative process and influences. We have a 5-minute excerpt where she shares the major influences and origins of her current practice.