Julie Alpert


Julie Alpert is a Seattle-based installation artist, painter and teacher who holds a BA from the University of Maryland and an MFA from the University of Washington. Alpert is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award, New Foundation Grant, MacDowell Colony Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship, VCCA residency, two GAP grants and was a 2013 Neddy Award Finalist. From 2009-2014, Alpert was a member of SOIL Gallery and in April 2015 was Artist-in-Residence at Clark College. She often collaborates on animation and performance with her husband, Andy Arkley, of the art collective LET’S and the band The Bran Flakes. Alpert teaches teen programs at Cornish College of the Arts and Gage Academy.

Look-alikes - photo by David Wentworth

Backdrop, 2015

Mixed media

Through a partnership between MadArt and the Seattle Art Fair, Julie Alpert worked at MadArt Studio from June 17th – September 3rd to create the site-specific installation, Backdrop. This artwork was part of the Seattle Art Fair’s off-site installation program, Experiments: Pure Research.

Using improvisation and taking cues from set-design, textiles, and patterns in nature, Julie’s work explores avoidance, nostalgia, and how we divide and decorate our domestic spaces. With the help of volunteers, Julie created a multi-part installation that responded to the skylights and other architectural features of MadArt Studio. Suspended, floor-bound, and free-standing, materials included wood, paint, vinyl, paper, tape, cardboard, and found objects that acted to cover and reveal small moments of mystery, humor, and illusion. This project was a continuation of Splat!, Julie’s recent solo show and residency at Clark College that contemplated the difference between a real drip and the representation of one.


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