March 1st, 2016

Julia Rommel at Overduin & Co.

Julia Rommel at Overduin & Co.

Artist: Julia Rommel

Venue: Overduin & Co., Los Angeles

Exhibition Title: A Cheesecake With Your Name On It

Date: January 27 – March 5, 2016

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Julia Rommel at Overduin & Co.

Julia Rommel at Overduin & Co.

Julia Rommel at Overduin & Co.

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of Overduin & Co., Los Angeles

Press Release:

I’ve been kicking around this title for my show in LA: “A Cheesecake
With Your Name On It.” I liked the plushness of it, a strong visual, but I
wasn’t thinking about the origin. Then I remembered this actually
comes from you, that terrible final exchange you had with what’s his
name, when you told him you made a cheesecake with his name on it.
Did he ever reply? Remembering the story freaked me out at first, but
now I think it’s kind of powerful. The value of putting a great effort into
something, even if it’s embarrassing or doesn’t work out short term, how
it defines you and is all evident in the final (beautiful?) story. This of
course is about my paintings–- which I keep putting greater and greater
effort into. And extreme effort, you know, it’s controversial, not always
attractive and not always helpful to a work of art. I’ve been finding some
relief in my studio habits, and tools–- a few crafty obstructions, which
might cut the glare of having tried too hard, and add traction for my
more cavalier, effortless energies. But it’s always about killing those
habits too. Letting that threat of embarrassment stick around for a bit
longer. I mean, I’ve been thinking about all of our susceptible efforts…
which, if painful at the time, add up to something forceful. At least, I feel
that way about your efforts toward romance. You have some regrets,
but everything you did made you who you are, which is a powerful
person, and I even think the aggression and vulnerability of your
pursuits were really powerful. – JR, January 2016

Julia Rommel (b. 1980, Salisbury, MD) lives and works in New York. Rommel received her MFA from American University in Washington, DC. Rommel’s first solo museum exhibition is currently on view at The Aldrich Museum in Connecticut. Recent solo exhibitions include “The Little Matchstick” at Bureau in New York (2014), “Girl with Silver Rings” at Sorry We’re Closed in Brussels (2014), “Mother Superior” at Gaudel de Stampa in Paris (2013), and “Delaware” at Bureau in New York (2012). Rommel has been included in group exhibitions at the Flag Foundation in New York, White Flag Projects in St Louis, T293 in Naples, and Greene Naftali in New York among others. Rommel’s work was presented at Art Basel Statements this past June with an accompanying artist book published by Bureau in New York. Rommel’s work is included in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Link: Julia Rommel at Overduin & Co.

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