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Addie Juell: The Way It Is

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street, between Elizabeth St. and Bowery, 212-219-0166
East Village / Lower East Side
March 23 - April 29, 2006
Reception: Thursday, March 23, 6 - 8 PM
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Juell’s work is a conceptual montage of exploration, curiosity and meditation on the nature of artifice and existence. Her work utilizes pre-fabricated stickers that are cut up and rearranged on paper to create entirely new compositions. The artist, however, does not exhibit this sticker arrangement as her finished piece, but chooses instead to present a photograph of the work that flattens the physical surface, but not the rich, visual texture of the image. As the artist notes, “My process is in two steps. I first compose images with stickers on blank white paper, pursuing ideals of formal composition with informal material. The tales I weave are then given a life of their own through the lens of a large format camera. On the subject of the photograph and Juell’s work Bekman remarks,

The photograph is the document that transforms what happened into what is important. I am constantly reviewing new work, and it’s rare that I find something truly unique. Juell’s work struck me immediately because it was something I’d never seen before. She uses materials, colors and images that are thought of as feminine and harmless to communicate a very nuanced set of ideas interwoven with a bawdy sense of humor. This remix of high and low is simultaneously sophisticated and unassuming.

When viewing her works in person, you can see the imperfections of the human hand in the composition. You can see that the stickers might have been created with perfect symmetry, consistency and borders, but through Juell’s unique process, the end result is something that is clearly handmade and filled with wit.
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