tenderly cradled and lavishly flung | Julia Schwartz at Visitor Welcome Center
Opening Reception Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 5-8 pm
July 7 to August 11, 2018

Tragedy transforms the quotidian into a quest for meaning making; ordinary things once belonging to someone irradiate into coveted and sacred assets. Life’s trajectory is no longer linear, and passage through time becomes a scatter of moments: nurturing fascinations with butterflies and milkweed, catching ghost cats in the corner of the eye, valiantly elongating time through foolhardy and repetitive tasks. Fooled by flutters of hope dancing too close to the edge, what was, swallowed whole, lives in the rib cage of grief.

Julia Schwartz’s paintings on repurposed and recovered surfaces are an attempt to shift away from painful remembrance into a monument of play. Images of cats, girls, and dots decorate the surfaces of various objects; they evoke adolescent tenderness. Things live on in the reliquary, and it’s messy. They build on top of one another and grow to become larger than life: a construction and a site through which the dream of the now is realized. Through her work, Schwartz endeavors to make sense of the perpetual fragmentation of grief by insisting on the permanence of the hopeful light of what is.

Reviewed in Art and Cake, Two Coats of Paint, and LA Weekly.

imaginary vacation on an imaginary lake | Julia Schwartz at galerie cerulean

December 4th, 2017 - January 14, 2018

“These days due to circumstance I move in small circles, travel freeways from ocean to inland, but have not gone beyond an afternoon’s drive. Feeling landlocked, I was longing for a summer holiday.


So between the solstice and the equinox I painted one.”

trading maps for stars | Julia Schwartz at Bleicher La Brea Gallery

September 15th - October 15th, 2012

Since her shift into abstraction, Schwartz’s work has been going through a rapid evolution in form, all the while staying true to her psychoanalytic process. Schwartz has been pushing paint techniques into exciting territory and is at the forefront of psychological exploration in painting. Since her Hollow Sea exhibit in 2011 she has received critical attention and nationwide press; one highlight is her inclusion in New American Paintings. The landscaped deconstructions of the self, Schwartz explored in The Hollow Sea, have undergone further transformation with an investigation into the figure while still moving towards pure abstraction. 

Schwartz cites Andre Aciman’s 2008 essay Intimacy as a source of inspiration for her current body of work. 

"What... touches us is the radiance we've projected on things, not the things themselves- the envelope, not the letter, the wrapping, not the gift... These intimations travel from the objects and beings around us and eventually reach our senses. But the opposite is also true: we radiate films of what we have within us and project them on everything we see—which is how we become aware of the world and, ultimately, why we come to love it. Without these films, these fictions, which are both our alibis and the archive of our innermost life, we have no way to connect to or touch anything." 
-Andre´ Aciman, from ‘Intimacy’ 

catalogue available online

Reviewed by ArtweekLA

the hollow sea | Julia Schwartz at Bleicher Gallery La Brea

August 9- September 5, 2011

essays by Courtney Reid and Tracey Harnish

reviewed in ArtweekLA, whitehot magazine and Huffington Post