FOOD, FASHION AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
June 7 – July 28, 2018
First Thursday opening June 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm (artist present)
Artist talk with Stephanie Snyder and Julie Green, Saturday, June 30 at 1:00 pm
Book launch for Picnic Brownies Make Life Easy, Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 pm
Julie Green’s Food, Fashion and Capital Punishment, her second exhibition at Upfor, weaves together several creative threads that have figured in the artist’s work for decades. The focal point of the exhibition is a series of paintings titled Fashion Plate that blends “high” and “low” technique and materials. As with her well-known, ongoing project The Last Supper, Green drew inspiration and patterning for the work from traditional flow blue ceramics; but the mediums are acrylic and day-glow paint on gessoed Chinet-brand paper plates. Each plate is marked with painstaking fingerprint facsimiles as backstamps.
Early work from the series debuted in the Hallie Ford Fellows Exhibition at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017. Since then, Green has produced over 40 additional works. Fashion Plate offers a counterpoint to The Last Supper (which now comprises over 700 plates) while sharing themes and formal elements. Since 2000, Green has spent half of each year painting the final meals of executed prisoners on found ceramic plates, a project that necessarily focuses on male experience. Interested in creating work from a more personal context, Green began Fashion Plate to explore overlapping themes of domesticity, decoration, food and social justice from a consciously female perspective, expanding personal narratives into a wider view of women’s experience.
About the new works, Green has written: