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Julie Beugin
From May 10th 2008 to June 14th 2008
Créer de l'espace / Making Space

In her large scale paintings of fictional spaces, Julie Beugin combines strangely coloured landscapes with architectural interiors, placing the viewer simultaneously inside and outside, on the threshold of imagination and reality. Ideas for paintings are sparked by descriptions in novels, yet the paintings are emptied of characters and story. Constructed with a theatrical artificiality, the paintings are drawn from a miscellany of image sources, including found photos, old National Geographic books and images off the internet. Romantic landscapes are painted without convincing depth, becoming backdrops for intimate creative spaces furnished with empty chairs and desks piled with papers. Image fragments suggest simultaneous realities: mental space, dream space, how memory screens over the present. Novelist Paul Auster describes these spaces perfectly: “The room he lived in was a dream space, and its walls were like the skin of some second body around him, as if his own body had been transformed into a mind, a breathing instrument of pure thought.”

Julie Beugin has exhibited in Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary. She completed her BFA at Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, and her MFA at Concordia University in 2008. She currently lives and works in Montreal.