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'Julie Wolfe: Language of the Birds' at HEMPHILL

HEMPHILL is pleased to announce the exhibition, JULIE WOLFE: Language of the Birds, opening on Saturday, May 14, with a public reception from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 30, 2016.

When introduced to her work in 2009 by a well-known curator, we could not have predicted the scope of Wolfe’s ambition and her subsequent achievements. At the time, we recognized her talent and identified a ready group of collectors. She described her need to be more than clever, more than popular. Many artists talk a big game; few have the drive or vision to achieve what lies beyond popularity.

Over the past eight years Wolfe has pushed the boundaries of her creativity, adding politically relevant content and intensifying the impact of her work. She has taken on ever more ambitious installation projects, produced environmental and collaborative work outside of the studio, and has been awarded significant commissions. These measures of ambition and success do not define her career. She aims further. Her objectives move outward, addressing the fundamental cycles of life, the drama of containment and release, and engaging in the complexity of Gaian environmental issues. A single gallery exhibition can only hint at an artist’s power. Yet each one does serve to predict where she is headed.

Language of the Birds is Julie Wolfe’s third exhibition at HEMPHILL. She addresses a range of subjects in a variety of mediums: a comic take on psychological interpretation of the Lüscher Color Test, the patterns of human behavior, and the mysteries of communications between birds. This show brings the aesthetic experimentations of the artist’s recent installation, GREEN ROOM, into a more intimate context.

HEMPHILL is located at 151 14th Street NW.