From strange hybrid Lovebirds to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Julia Randall's drawings seduce the viewer. The exhibition “Oral Fixations” is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Randall, curated Clare Rogan of the Davison Art Center of Wesleyan University. The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud's theory of oral-stage fixation, but Randall's often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor.
Julia Randall attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999. She received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University, and her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her accolades include solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City, and Esa Jaske Gallery (Sydney, Australia) as well as numerous awards, including a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies at Yaddo and the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France). Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, NY ARTS, Art on Paper, Flash Art, and The Sydney Morning Herald and featured in New American Paintings, American Artist, and Beautiful/Decay magazines. She lives and works in New York City and in Connecticut, and teaches drawing at Wesleyan University.
Working in layers of solid pigmented beeswax, Laura Moriarty's paintings, prints, and installations resonate with the geologic. Their forms, colors, textures and patterns activate the same processes that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling, erosion, subduction, friction, enfolding, weathering, slippage. By creating imperfect architectonic records of geologic horizons, her practice investigates and compares the layers of human memory and geologic time.
Laura Moriarty's accolades include two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a Radius Award from the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, a MARK Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Projects Grant from United States Artists. She has participated in numerous artist residencies including The Frans Masereel Center in Belgium and The Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Moriarty has exhibited extensively at venues including the Castellani Art Museum, International Print Center New York, The Islip Art Museum, The Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center in Casper, WY, and The Jyväskylä Art Museum in Finland. She lives and works in Rosendale, New York.