April 17th, 2023 – June 19th 2023
Gallery Photoland is excited to present Loneliness Creeps Down the Spine, works by Julia Oldham.
Working in a range of digital media, Julia Oldham visualizes the uneasy collision of nature and technology in a world on the edge of environmental collapse. She documents extant environments such as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine and swaths of derelict wilderness in New York City, and she also builds fictional worlds through digital manipulation and collage. With tenderness and humor, Oldham explores her own conflicting feelings about human progress through her narrative works, envisioning post-apocalyptic futures in which stray dogs have turned trash and abandoned technology into junkyard homes, and humans live in tiny, stacked houses in a swamp world dominated by beavers. Her practice is research intensive, often involving climate scientists, physicists and biologists as collaborators.
Julia Oldham’s work has been screened/exhibited at Art in General in New York, NY; the Queens Museum, Queens, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY; the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA; PPOW in New York, NY; The Drawing Center in New York, NY; The Bronx Museum of Art in the Bronx, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; Disjecta, Portland, OR; the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; the Dia Foundation at the Hispanic Society in New York, NY; the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; and Nunnery Gallery in London, UK; and she was included in the 2016 Portland Biennial curated by Michelle Grabner. Her work has been supported by Artadia, the Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York, NY; NYC Urban Field Station, Queens, NY; Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, NY; Outpost Artist Resources in Ridgewood, NY; Artists in Residence in the Everglades, Miami, FL; Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY; the Oregon Arts Commission in Portland, OR; and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and the Village Voice, and has been featured on the NPR shows “State of Wonder” on OPB and “Inquiry” on WICN.