Automarktic

Juls

  • Fri, Sep 15 - Sat, Sep 23 2017
    Closed on weekends
  • 10:00 – 19:00
  • Opening Party
    Sat, Sep 14, 7pm – 10pm
    Beats by DJs Hawt Hand and Yung Living, booze from BottlesXO
  • Free entrance

UltraSuperNew is proud to host Automarktic, visual artist Juls’ first solo show in Singapore. Fresh from an artist residency in Taiwan, this show is part of an ongoing investigation for Juls as she finds new marking patterns, strokes and techniques to create different textures for her large-scale wall paintings.

Using the space as her canvas, viewers are immersed in the work and able to juxtapose their appreciation of each hand-marked stroke on the wall with those on the hanging canvas and paper pieces. Through this exercise, she hopes for viewers to have a visceral understanding of what she experienced when creating the work.

The show features 20+ pieces of varying sizes (paint marker on paper, pencil on paper, and paint maker on canvas), which hang amidst a massive mural enveloping the gallery, and a time-lapse video projection documenting the wall-marking process played on loop.

Artist Profile

JULS

Juls is born and based in Singapore. She graduated from the Royal College of Art (London, U.K.) in 2011 with a Master in Communication Art and Design. In 2008, she graduated from Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London (U.K.) with a first class honours Bachelor’s degree.

Juls has been nominated and won various awards between 2003 and 2013: merit for Graphic Design Advanced by Designers Association in 2003, collaborated appointment for the SMRT CircleLine Art Prize in 2007, 1st runner-up for the John Norris Wood Natural Forms Drawing Prize (U.K.) in 2011, and 2nd runner-up for the Derwent Art Prize (U.K.) in 2013.

Juls has participated in multiple art exhibitions in the Singapore and the U.K. including the Singapore Arts Show in 2005, a site-specific installation and photography show in the Singapore History Museum in 2003, Camberwell Graphics Showcase in 2008, Show RCA in 2011, Man Drawing Prize in 2011, John Ruskin Prize in 2012. Her winning work for the Derwent Art Prize was exhibited both in the Cumberland Pencil Museum and London Mall Galleries in 2013.

In 2014, Juls was selected as one of the artists at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency in Shanghai where she spent 6 months developing her practice. She is also the first Singaporean artist to collaborate with Swatch on a wristwatch launched in 2016. In June 2017, she presented her pattern-markings at her first solo exhibition at The Pier-2 Art Centre in Taiwan after a three-month artist residency.

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Artist Statement

The main focus of Juls’ practice is exploring the subtlety of drawing through the act of mark-making. Exploring the alteration of narratives with an intended drawing methodology, she is interested in translating a mark through different mediums and multiple representations to convey unspoken thoughts. Juls makes abstraction deliberate and is looking for a harmony and melody in these written vibrations and formations.

She works by automatic drawing and drawing by observation. Her observational studies involve ‘new ways’ of looking at nature and re-presenting them with her awkward lines. Technically inaccurate, she finds merit within these imperfections and aims to share an altered narrative of a place she cannot find words to describe.

Her automatic drawings evolve around fictional maps and labyrinths. She allows these automatic movements to progress with a mind of their own – beginning with a method of marking but allowing them to lead to outcomes unplanned. Performing the seemingly dull action of large-scale marking by repetition can be mentally and physically challenging, requiring focus and endurance. Her ability to navigate the different stages of creating a mural through to completion still surprises her.

In her recent works, Juls has translated her drawings to other forms, exploring greater possibilities in her manner of marking and delving deeper into the recurring theme of repetition. Repetition is employed in the method of marking and by way of presentation. Her work aims to promulgate the idea of multiplicity in abstract conception as she is drawn to the beauty of ambiguity and awe of decipherment.