Treasure Island by Julie Garner

Julie Garner

San Rafael


My work is rooted in the idea that the spaces we build exert a powerful influence on our movements as well as our feelings of connection to place. Though their presence may not rise to a level of conscious awareness, I believe the structures that surround us can either excite or dull our senses, intimidate or intrigue, dwarf or celebrate our presence. They also tell us about where we've come from, how we once lived and what we value.

I generally portray places that have a humanity to them, usually revealed in the handiwork of the builders, as opposed to the generic architecture that is so ubiquitous today. I seek to reinterpret them as kinetic and draw the viewer into their details of texture and shape, as well as juxtaposition to other buildings and the people on the street. The technique I use to make them involves intensive hand work, as well. Each of the woven landscapes consists of many photographs taken from multiple viewpoints. The photos are cut into 3/8" strips that become the warp and weft. This allows me to blend one view into another. Use is made of distortions in perspective. Each strip is laid in with precision, either aligned with or offset to its adjacent strips to control the degree of abstraction. Hundreds of unseen splices are involved in the process.

As a self-taught artist, I utilized my background in photography and textiles, particularly the study of tapestry weaving, to develop the method I now use. In addition to the landscapes, I'm currently working on another series involving photographs of the signage on shop windows to create abstracted versions of a very common site. I find a poignancy in them, especially the older, weathered ones that show evidence of the human touch as well as the passage of time.

Local shows

I have exhibited widely at galleries and museums throughout California, including San Jose Museum of Quilt & Textile’s International TECHstyle Arts Biennial, Marin MOCA, Bolinas Museum, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts and Berkeley Art Center.
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