Over the more than 15 years of her career, the Vienna-based artist Julie Monaco (b. 1973) has created a considerable oeuvre which—informed by a logic of unequalled stringency—has produced visual worlds that are as fantastic as they are powerful.
From cinemascopic seascapes, in which a long on tradition of landscape painting seems to be inscribed, the range extends to serial works apparently influenced by Minimal and Conceptual Art and to bold compositions reminiscent of Abstract Expressionism or post-painterly abstraction, which, however, on a closer look all turn out to be the result of computer-generated calculation operations.
As deceptively realistic the impression of some of Monaco’s pictures is, so sobering is the realization that before them the viewer’s mnemonically cultivated perceptual capacity is bound to fail. However, once trust in the causality of discerning vision is shattered, the way is paved for an engagement with the phantasm of an oeuvre that resists usual categorizations. Based on fractal algorithms, numerical codes, and software-controlled computation, layering and overlapping shapes and structures, digital and analog, metering out similarity and difference, repetition, feedback and variation, Monaco creates works whose multifarious expressiveness makes viewers marvel.
Curator: Alexandra Hennig