Waltman Ortega Fine Art is pleased to present "Overexposure | Miami", a solo exhibition by French artist Julien Graizely. This body of work is a result of WOFA Artist-in-Residence Program that the gallery launched this summer and Graizely is its first participant. "Overexposure | Miami" is comprised of mixed media paintings.
"Overexposure | Miami" is a reflection of South Florida through the eyes of a French artist: his memories, the moments in time that he experiences, random every-day encounters that he catches with his camera, significant and not, which he then transfers and intertwine into his paintings. Each work is like a capsule, like a memory box.
Graizely's paintings are comprised of several layers one on top of another, overlapping each other similarly to the way film frames do with multiple exposure, creating a complex composition of multi-layered images in one. He plays with space, time, and composition, which he masters and diverts by a vigorous and free gesture. The characters in his works are sketched fast, without precision or focus on details. The artist typically starts with a landscape and then includes people one by one.
Graizely's work questions the relation between painting and cinematography. In a way, his paintings bring to mind time- lapsed videos. A still image fits an entire narrative: a concentration of fragments of lives and stories, not necessarily related to one another. They only have a place in common and the artist lets layers of memories and actions arise and superimpose one another.
Julien Graizely was born in 1980 in the Ardennes, France. He furrowed through different places in France while he was growing up and received his education in art metalwork in Avignon, visual communication in Royan, Ecole Boulle in Paris. Julien Graizely lives and works in Cognac, France.
The exhibition opens to the public on September 7, 2019 with a reception from 12 till 4 p.m., and remains on view through October 15, 2019.