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Uh-huh (Basketball), 2015
Archival pigment print in artists frame
22.5 x 16 inches

 

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JULIANA PACIULLI

UH-HUH

January 16 - February 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 16, 6-8pm


Greene Exhibitions is pleased to present Uh-Huh, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Juliana Paciulli. In her second solo exhibition at Greene Exhibitions, Paciulli advances her examination of the complex psychological relationship between women and popular culture with a new series of photographs, video, and three-dimensional objects that employ the language of the absurd. Large-scale photographs depict a woman’s hand or hands interacting with colorful consumer objects and mass-produced props against a seamless beige background. These photographs use the sleek and economical vocabulary of advertising and commercial photography to stage humorously incongruous juxtapositions between the female body and charged objects: a hand with faux fingernail extensions fondles a molting rose, a flowering head of green lettuce is mischievously held over the pelvis of a skeleton sporting a bowtie, a handkerchief waving from a dainty hand bids adieu to a conch shell lying perilously on toy railroad tracks. Operating between still life and performance, document and artificial construction, these playful images cultivate an uncanny disturbance that invites viewers to interrogate their own relationship to fantasies of desire and consumption.

Like the exhibition’s titular phrase that appears in the title of each work, the ephemeral actions captured in the photographs function as modest interjections into everyday commodity culture, offering both a critique and a parody of gendered consumption and identity formation. Such work is situated within a lineage of artistic inquiry focused on the deconstruction or transgression of cultural codes. The artist’s exacting focus on tactility and her provocative assemblage of mass-produced articles recalls numerous female experiments with the Surrealist object. Likewise, the influence of media-based critiques by feminist artists who used techniques of appropriation, gesture, simulation, and masquerade to deconstruct notions of gender identity, desire, and cultural agency is also apparent in the work.

In the center of the gallery, a chrome coffee table is placed on an oversized yellow carpet situating the found objects and props from the photographs within a suburban context. Echoing the performative nature of the photographs, freshly shattered glass from the tabletop reveals an expired action. A fallen iPad rests on the table’s frame, looping a text-based video. In a style that resembles both television commercials and digital scrapbook culture, a series of individual words flash on the screen in different fonts. The oblique text- Let’s make a subculture of sub-par excellence and totally commit to it – is, like the humorous interjections in the photographs, a call to action pregnant with possibility but is also puzzling in its declaration of mediocrity.

Juliana Paciulli was born in Manassas, Virginia and lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Are You Talking to Me? at Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles (2013), Sensors at Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2009) and The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Episode II at the Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles (2005). Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibition throughout the United States including The Ghost of Architecture at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2013); Sharon Lockhart, Juliana Paciulli and Caecilia Tripp at Martos Gallery, New York (2009), and The Magical Mundane at the Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago (2007). In 2009, Paciulli was selected by Rineke Dijkstra to attend the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency and received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency Fellowship. She is currently an adjunct faculty in the Art Department at Chapman University in Orange, California.


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