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julie oppermann

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82" x 72" acrylic on canvas
82" x 72" acrylic on canvas
72" x 96" acrylic on canvas
72" x 96" acrylic on canvas
acrylic and 6mm duct tape installation on wall
Artist's Statement

My paintings present intensified visual experiences that are physically and psychologically affective to the viewer: simultaneous contrast, after-images, moiré effects, and optical flicker create vibration and movement. What are we looking at - an image, a painting, a screen? Are we seeing through a reflective surface? Central to my work is the idea that perceptions are deceiving; I expose the limitations of our perceptual processes – when you look at my paintings you see yourself seeing.

Where my work references to Op art and the psychedelic, it is equally inclined towards the future, aware of our ambivalent “it’s complicated” relationship to technology, and the digital. Up close, paint physically peels back and exposes the surface; the ‘hand’ is uncovered. These are paintings about interference. They acknowledge opposing ideologies and contradictions – a certain cognitive dissonance - as important and meaningful itself.