Local artist Julie Armbruster opens her first solo show at Satellite Gallery on Friday, Sept. 6. The exhibit runs through Monday, Oct. 21.
From a press release:
Hoard Reflex expands some of Armbruster’s classic narratives through 9 large format panels, a collection of smaller works including some sculptures and artifacts, and a companion guide. Beloved characters like Potato Boy, the WoodChucks, Elmore, the Golden Unicorn, and Professor Wunderbar are placed in fantastically detailed environments as they live out their unique potentials. The works were conceived during an imagination exercise Armbruster undertook earlier this year, as well as a reflection on some of her favorite fairy tales. Often full of unexpected elements, all the works contain the hoard reflex symbol, a circular design with a small creature in a drawer. Hoard reflex refers to a habit of involuntary collecting.
The show will also include some collaborative elements including a custom soundscape arranged by Dulci Ellenberger and False Tropics. In addition, Newsworthy Drawing Club member and frequent collaborator, R. Brooke Priddy has sculpted plush versions of the characters, designed a custom fabric, and assisted with the window installation.
Julie Armbruster’s work has evolved to include much more intricate compositions and details. Her work is often realized through automatic drawing and then refined through layered rendering and delicate outlining. The shine and saturation of color give the work an inviting pull. The viewer is further entranced by the complexity of emotions conveyed by the characters that are often faced with some sort of weighty decision or dramatic occurrence. The narratives are realized through anthropomorphic characters that seem bewildered and internal. Her stories are both funny and dark and typically lack a straightforward resolution.