JULIE GREEN
FOOD, FASHION AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

May 23 – June 30, 2018
Preview with the artist Wednesday, May 23, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
First Thursday art walk June 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Artist talk TBD

THE WORK

Julie Green’s second solo exhibition with Upfor focuses on a recent series of paintings on gessoed Chinet plates. Drawing inspiration from European flow blue ceramics from her personal collection, the artist weaves in narrative elements that consider domestic content related to identify, security and bias from a distinctly feminine perspective, often balancing humor and earnestness. Green has long been concerned with overlapping themes of domesticity, decoration, art history, food and social justice in her work, and continues to spend half of each year working on her widely-exhibited project about capital punishment, The Last Supper.

THE ARTIST

Julie Green (b. 1961 in Yokosuka, Japan) wanted to be a stewardess until age four, but became a painter instead. Awarded a 2017 Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts from The Ford Family Foundation, Green also received a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, the 2015 ArtPrize 3-D Juried Award, a 2016 Fellowship and a 2017 Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. She has exhibited widely in the US and internationally, and featured in publications such as The New York Times, a Whole Foods mini-documentary, National Public Radio, Ceramics Monthly, Gastronomica, and 7th edition of A World of Art published by Prentice Hall. Half of each year, usually in winter months, she works on The Last Supper, an ongoing project about the death penalty in the United States. Green lives in the Willamette Valley and is a professor at Oregon State University.