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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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JULIE KAMLESH KUMAR
CURRICULUM VITAE
250 Clifton Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(972) 679-1574
jkumar15@gmail.com

EDUCATION

2011-2013. M.F.A., Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design
2003-2007. B.A., Honors Visual Art, Brown University (magna cum laude)
 
AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, and GRANTS

2014. SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery Winter Studio Residency, New York, NY
2013. Graduate Studies Grant, Jurors Joao Ribas and Alyson Baker, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2011-2013. Presidential Scholarship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2009. Emerging Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
2009. Windgate Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2008. Artist in Residence, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
2007. Anne Belsky Moranis Award for Excellence in Art, Brown University, Providence, RI
2006. Third prize, 18th Annual Student Show, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
2006. Royce Fellowship, Why Art Doesn’t Talk, Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University, Providence, RI
2006. Creative Arts Council Student Grant, Brown University, Providence, RI
2006. Gazzola Award for Excellence in Art, 17th Annual Student Show, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014. There are no People, This Friday or Next Friday Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014. Light Sabers and Radiant Toys, Find & Form Projects, Boston, MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014. (Forthcoming) The Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2014. Practice, Curator Jodi Colella, Nave Gallery Annex, Boston, MA
2013. Curate NYC, Curator Mahnaz Fancy and Hitomi Iwasaki, New York, NY
2013. The Order of the Universe, Beard and Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
2013. New Contemporaries, Gelman Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
2013. Selections, Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2013. RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
2013. HEAVY: graduate sculpture biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2011. Working Glass, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
2009. D! Magazine Art Slam at the New Industry Gallery, Dallas, TX
2009. Artist in Residence Show at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
2008. New Faces, New Art, Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI
2006, 2007. Brown Annual Student Show, Bell Gallery at List Art Center, Providence, RI
2006-2007. Student Show, Copley Society of Art, Newbury Street, Boston, MA
2006. Triptych, Senior solo show, List Art Center Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
2006. A Week and a Half: Installations in Brown Trees, Brown University campus, Providence, RI
2006. Transit: From Object to Site, Brown University, Providence, RI

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Suzanne Volmer, "The Order of the Universe: Four Artists Seek the Method Behind the Madness." Artscope Magazine, Vol 8 No 5 (December 2013), 38-39.
Providence Journal, Photo Gallery, RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, May 16, 2013.
 








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