August 6th - 29th
"CURB: Streetscapes and Urban Renewals by Julian Penrose"

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 20th, 5-9pm
Artist Talk, August 29th, 2-4pm

Julian Penrose (b. 1961) of Providence, RI, devises miniature worlds in the three-dimensional assemblages he creates from found and recycled objects - natural materials, small manufactured utilitarian items, printed images and other tiny treasures.

"I named the show CURB because the basis of my art is dependent on objects that I have found on the curbside. There is so much beautiful raw material that is disposed [of] or lost on the streets. With the integration of that material, I use objects given to me from friends and family that have history and are usually no longer wanted, in distress or obsolete. My objective... is that I wish to create beauty and awareness of the ordinary and everyday, by raising it to fine art.

Since much of my work is a product of my architectural influence, I wanted a setting like a city; i.e., STREETSCAPE: creating city blocks with a multitude of sculptural pieces. On the surrounding walls is the URBAN RENEWAL series, which emphasis the recycling of materials to create new visions."

Julian's background in art and landscape architecture, combined with his knowledge of drafting and design, enabled him to develop his engaging current 3-D style, reminiscent of Cornell's boxes and Rauschenberg's constructions. Julian studied Art at Pitzer College, Claremont, California, under the influence of collage artist Paul Darrow, and then attended Landscape Architecture school at the University of Washington, Seattle. His study of architectural form is reflected in his assemblages, as he creates 'landscapes' both in shadowboxes and freestanding art works. Through readings, Julian has been inspired by Marsden Hartley's philosophy of 'intuitive abstraction,' "where the artist allows the act of creating to drive the outcome of the piece... The subconscious mind relays meaning...The process of making art becomes a meditation of sorts" and by 'intentional randomness,' a term used to describe Joseph Cornell's assemblages, which emphasizes the process of placing items and materials intentionally, but making it seem random.

Characterizing his work as "green" by his use of largely recycling salvaged objects and memorabilia, Julian adds cultural, social or psychological dimensions for the viewers to interpret, perhaps tinged with humor. Each stands on its own as a statue or edifice. In the fond words of the artist, "I find that the most common and usual object can be made into a thing of beauty". "I allow the art to develop its own character, embellishing it with different layers of meaning and familiarity. The works are meant to draw the viewer in and connect with a moment, feeling or place that has some meaning to them, as it does to me." Julian's work has been represented in numerous exhibitions, solo and group. His work is represented in Providence, RI, and Philadelphia, PA.

Studio Z Visual Arts and Performance Space is located at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence, RI 02908, 401-751-1970