JULIA RIBEIRO | I'M SICK OF MEANING I JUST WANT TO HOLD YOU
AN EXHIBITION IN TWO VENUES: HANCOCK SOLAR GALLERY & THRIVE ATELIER
i’m sick of meaning I just want to hold you
June 28 – July 29, 2018
OPENING | Thursday, June 28 | 6–9pm
ARTIST TALK & MIMOSAS | FRIDAY JUNE 29 | 2–4PM
Exhibition At Two Venues:
Hancock Solar Gallery at Nelson Kohl
& Thrive Atelier in the Cork Factory
For Immediate Release:
Hancock Solar Gallery & Thrive Atelier are pleased to present an exhibition, i’m sick of meaning I just want to hold you: new works by Julia Ribeiro. This new body of work of Ms. Ribeiro’s is extensive, and the exhibition is taking place at both the Hancock Solar Gallery at Nelson Kohl and Thrive Atelier in the Cork Factory. There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday June 28, 6–9pm, as well as an Artist Talk on Friday June 29, 2018 from 2–4pm. Both of these events are at the Hancock Solar Gallery. The Talk will begin at Hancock Solar and then travel to the second venue, Thrive Atelier. This exhibition runs through Saturday July 29, 2018. JULIA RIBEIRO, ‘i’m sick of meaning I just want to hold you’ is curated by Jordan Faye Block.
In this recent body of work, Julia Ribeiro has created both large scale paintings and small intimate works which invite the viewer in, engaging them in an open exploration and meditation on what they see within the work itself, and how this may make one feel. “Enamored, quiet, powerful, vibrant, thoughtful, complex, empowered, mystical, luminous … if one had to put to words to the feelings that these paintings evoke, these would be just a few that come to mind. I have to say these paintings have eerily stuck in my head, as I watched her work grow in scale as well as in confidence throughout this past year. Watching the work of this talented emerging artist evolve has been a real treat. I am honored to be presenting this work at these venues in Baltimore, MD as I see great things of her & her work to come. – JFB
To abstract is to remove the name, to become nameless. To go from knowing into unknowing. It is when an absence of information becomes transformative: when one aspect is lost another aspect is gained. My paintings develop an abstract syntax, a way of communicating that is non-linguistic, sometimes even resistant, to spoken language. When one cannot see something they are left to sense it. The paintings are deeply felt, thoughtful yet impulsive, dynamic yet stable. Subtle associative forms, colors, and gestures allude to disparate aspects of my own personal experience of the world yet often communicate beyond my own understanding of it.
– Julia Ribeiro
Hancock Solar Gallery is open from 12 – 5pm Wednesday through Saturday. Thrive Atelier is open on Tuesday from 2 – 6pm & Saturday mornings from 9–11am. Both venues are also open by appointment and are within 3 blocks of one another and so the curator may walk with patrons from one venue to the other.
Julia Ribeiro was born in Westchester, New York 1992. After studying psychology at Loyola University New Orleans and later studying animation at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Julia eventually landed on painting as her preferred medium, profession and passion. Julia’s paintings develop an abstract language that is deeply connected to her surroundings as well as the psyche. Associative color, dynamic forms and haptic surfaces evoke specific memories of experience while also offering the viewer space for contemplation. Julia received her MFA from the LeRoy E Hoffberger School of Painting in 2018 and is now based in New York City.
ABOUT THE VENUES & THE CURATOR
The Hancock Solar Gallery was founded and named after Paul Hancock & Patricia Solar, investors in Nelson Kohl. They believe that art is an integral part of life and it changes the perspective of those who engage with it. The gallery aims to promote the thought-provoking work of Baltimore’s artists in the heart of the city’s oldest arts & entertainment district – Station North. It is independently curated by artist Jordan Faye Block of Make Beautiful Change and Thrive Atelier. Hancock Solar Gallery is located at 20 E. Lanvale Street in Baltimore, MD.
Thrive Atelier is a southern light–filled yoga studio, wellness hub and exhibition space located on the fifth floor of the Cork Factory, a former industrial building converted in the 90’s into studios and live/work spaces. Founder Jordan Faye Block has created a small haven for art, conversation, music and yoga. Thrive Atelier holds radiant body kundalini yoga and essential oils classes, workshops, Thrive Music events and art openings. On most Tuesdays afternoons (2–6pm) & Saturday mornings (9–11am) the studio is open for people to come by to view the art on the walls, find the right essential oil, peruse the shop, or just have a lovely conversation over an espresso or cup of tea. This space is multifaceted in that it serves as an art, design, and wellness studio.
As an artist, designer, and curator – Jordan Faye Block earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Mount Royal School of Art) and brings 19 years of experience in running art galleries & curating exhibitions to these new endeavours. Ms. Block received her BFA in Printmaking from Plymouth State University where she co-founded the PIP Gallery. Ms. Block has continued to make work throughout her 15 years in Baltimore. Her newest body of work is currently on view at Grey Matter Art Space with Baltimore-based painter Alex Kondner. Her large-scale paintings, drawings, and monotype installations have been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Chicago. She founded Jordan Faye Contemporary in 2006, curated 180 exhibitions, and brought her artists work to Miami, the Hamptons, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ms. Block continues working with artists developing their careers, as well as assisting collectors in building their collections and providing installation and curatorial services for them. She lives & works in the Station North Arts District.
HANCOCK SOLAR GALLERY @ NELSON KOHL
20 E. Lanvale Street
Baltimore, MD, 21202
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