Julie Speed: Undertoad

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Flatbed Press and Gallery says
Flatbed Press and Gallery, Austin, and Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, are pleased to present Julie Speed: Undertoad (February 16-April 7), an exhibition of paintings, prints, and collages spanning two cities. The artist will be in attendance for a brief introduction during the reception. A jointly published catalogue with essay by Lyle W. Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings at The McNay Art Museum, will be available.

Julie Speed moved to Texas in 1978 where she settled down and taught herself to paint. She switches back and forth regularly between oil painting, printmaking, collage, gouache and drawing, often combining disciplines. Utilizing her keen sense of the absurd, Speed ponders the role of religion, isolation and longing, sexuality, sin and guilt—with a sly, sometimes dark, sense of humor and a steadfast refusal to offer the viewer any tidy resolutions.

The question that arises time and time again with Speed's work is what does it all mean? There is a physical presence to the work that draws people in; these are not works meant to be seen from across the room but rather up close, not glanced at but stared at intently. The artist wants us to look and to think about meaning, about storytelling, but there are no hard and fast answers to be had. In the post-modern tradition, the audience is not told what to think or how to interpret. The audience determines meaning; and the meaning can be different for different viewers at different times.

Speed has written of her art that ‘composition comes first.’ There is often a bit of trial and error before Speed reaches that point when the composition just works.

The exhibition opens February 16 and closes April 7, with an opening reception the evening of Friday, February 19 from 6-8pm. Flatbed hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 12-5pm.
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