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Julie Kamlesh Kumar
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: From the frenetic swinging of lead weights in a sandy landscape to the quiet solidity of an image suspended on the surface of water, my work explores systems, disrupted rule structures, and self-organization. I create compositions in time with computer programs and electronics, build immersive environments that are activated by projected and natural light, and intervene on materials that erode, drip, melt, evaporate, break apart, or float away. My installations are permeable systems that change at irregular intervals. I start with the many until the few can be extracted, developing new responses to each unexpected turn in a process that seems not to emulate, but to materialize, the idea of learning itself.

My art studio is a deeply inefficient laboratory. Experiments unravel and organize themselves into oddly evolved iterations, hypotheses are proven that were never formed, sequences begin in the middle and abruptly stop. Over the last few years I have accumulated a strange blueprint of knowledge that is a byproduct of my studio investigations. I have learned where magenta fluid will go as it flows through an inefficient feedback loop—how floating graphite powder will separate itself into fractured tectonic plates on a bed of still water—how dripping tubes reconstitute solid material back into liquid—what the prismatic haloes of light in a bright yellow room will do if a cloud passes in front of the sun.

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  • An Imitation of a Light
    2013
    Daylight, tubing, water, fluorescent lights, mixed media

  • A Force Illegible
    2013
    Steel, polystyrene, mixed media
    This piece was created for the 2013 RISD Graduate Thesis Show in the Rhode Island Convention Center. It consists of a 10' x 10' x 11' metal grid, slightly tilted, with a conglomeration

  • A Force Illegible (detail)
    2013
    Steel, polystyrene, mixed media
    This piece was created for the 2013 RISD Graduate Thesis Show in the Rhode Island Convention Center. It consists of a 10' x 10' x 11' metal grid, slightly tilted, with a conglomeration

  • A Single Hour of the Day (2:47 PM)
    2013
    Monofilament, staples, sunlight
    Sunlight streams through two apertures in a wall and interacts with a large grid made out of monofilament. Because the grid is tilted, viewers can enter and see it from beneath or walk through to the

  • Mnemomic/Periodic
    2012
    Mixed media
    For Mnemonic/Periodic, I created two hundred sculptures in a month and then locked my studio door. After four days, I tried to remember as many of those sculptures as I could, keeping track of my reco

  • A Chemical Conviction
    2013
    String, glass, water, nickel oxide, acrylic, pigment
    This piece is made up of a mass of string, constrained to the shape of a rectangular prism on one side, but tangled and unconstrained on its underside. It is peppered with twisted glass tubes filled w

  • then space began to toll
    2012
    Projected animation, programmed electronics, water pumps, glass, water, graphite, fluorescent tubes, oil
    then space began to toll is an electronic installation in which a sequence of events occurs over a duration of eleven minutes. All of the components are automated and require no intervention, except f

  • Water is Taught by Thirst
    2013
    Steel cables, fluorescent lights, mixed media
    This installation was created on site in the Gelman Gallery of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in 2013. Steel cables under tension stretch from wall to wall in a three-part structure that cha

  • The Whole of it Came Not at Once
    2013
    Monofilament, paper, staples
    The framework for this piece is a grid of monofilament that fills a 10' x 12' x 10' space. Inside the grid, clusters of color-coded crumpled paper are suspended, as though they were tra
 








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