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Julia Fish

Born 1950 in Toledo, Oregon
Lives and Works in Chicago, Illinois

Julia Fish produces paintings that approach abstraction but in fact derive from the imagery of her home, studio, and garden. Her most recent series, Threshold, comprises six paintings (three of which are on view in 2010) that depict the space between two rooms. In one-to-one scale, the paintings show the surfaces of two floors meeting one another, recreating the exact size of the actual thresholds. In Threshold, SouthWest-Two [spectrum: green], linoleum tile meets wood and stone, framed on either side by the silhouette of doorjambs and an open door. Fish's exploration of transitional space is undertaken with a deliberate attention to color. The carefully applied bracketed areas of paint highlight the central image of the flooring.

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"Review: Julia Fish"
Frieze (May 1996)

In this video 2010 artist Julia Fish shares scenes from her Chicago home that inspired her paintings Threshold, SouthEast-One [spectrum: yellow], Threshold, North [spectrum: blue], and Threshold, SouthWest-Two [spectrum: green] featured in this video and on view in the Whitney Biennial.

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