Julie Curtiss may very well be a thriller author. She’s has a way of a scene, what to depart out, what to specific, the place to specific it, what particulars to depart behind that it feels a lot just like the mind of a author. Her work, althoug evocative of eras previous the place thriller maybe was just a bit bit extra attainable, additionally feels very current. Her Fall 2021 cowl story, in particular, was the an exemplary instance of our occasions, however with a nostalgia and methodology of surrealism, woodblock printing, silent movie and even a bit of comedian e book. She advised us in 2021, “I need folks to nonetheless have room to challenge a few of their lead experiences or a few of their interior world into my work, and I need to present sufficient ambiguity that portrays how concepts are sometimes complementary. I’m extra taken with paradox, and in how issues can reverse in a single second. One thing that is too political within the traditional sense simply does not enable for that shift.”
In her new present, Bitter Apples, at White Cube in Hong Kong, the works are all about these moments of “bafflement and misdirection,” whether or not in relationships, intercourse, mundane every day duties or simply the results of life that we won’t fairly pinpoint as absurd however illuminate a way of marvel and questioning. However they’re additionally humorous. There may be humor within the absurdity. What Curtiss says of this present, “On the coronary heart of my curiosity is how nature and tradition relate, the stability between our wild facet and our domesticated facet. And the weirdness of all of it.” Her transfer from NYC to Florida may very well be a reasoning for the change in the subject material, however she has at all times been with humor, and the way the feminine character in her works at all times finds themselves on this predicaments of “huh?”.
That’s the reason I like Julie’s work a lot. It is the “huh?” that life offers us, that it continues to spark in our minds if we proceed to concentrate. She’s a superb playmaker, an outdated soul with a contemporary eye. —Evan Pricco