Neo Air

Philip J. Steele Gallery

Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, Jul 16th

Exhibition by Julie Malen
Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4-7 p.m.
Philip J. Steele’s West Gallery
RMCAD campus: 1600 Pierce Street. Lakewood, CO 80214
Free and open to the public


About the Exhibition
The sculptural works in NEO AIR play with material translation, scale and inverted spaces to enhance the feeling of gravity, displacement and stillness. Subjects include: soft sculptures of rock formations; a ceramic cast of Malen’s entire body; and underwater video of Olympic divers. The collection of dynamic figurative works and immersive video installation strategically utilize formal devices of surface, material and composition to enhance the plasticity of the surrounding architecture. NEO AIR investigates the illusion of stillness by contemplating the cyclical nature of cultural debris from our past that is reimagined and introduced in our present. The world that we experience is constantly on the move and at any given moment reflects temporary interaction with rapid and gradual timescales. “In this series of encounters, we find comfort in the illusion of stillness,” says Malen. “The work suggests that our perception of space is, in fact, an endless and unknowable layering of various surfaces, life forms, and timescales.”

About the Artist
Julie Malen holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2014) and a BA from Kansas City Art Institute (2007). Malen collages photographs with video, sculpture and cultural debris in her installations to create the visual sensation of moving through many places at once. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including recent features at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.; and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition to her studio practice, Malen teaches visual art courses at VCUarts, in Richmond, Va. She has taught at several national art institutions including Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Mo. and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa. where she was also an Artist in Residence for the 2015-16 academic year. Malen has participated in numerous other artist residencies including Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo.; Mildred’s Lane in Narrowsburg, N.Y.; the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, Mo.; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.