Julia Wachtel

Untitled, 2014


4 colour screen print
71.12 x 71.12 cm
Edition of 60
Signed and numbered by the artist on reverse
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About the artwork

Artist Julia Wachtel's paintings use the language and imagery of mass culture. In this special edition print, a highly pixellated portrait of Nicki Minaj, who although her face has been cropped from the image, is highly recognisable.  

About the artist

Julia Wachtel (b. 1956, lives/ works in New York) is fascinated with the visual language of mass culture. Her paintings enter into a visual language game wherein the appropriated vernacular of mass culture is illustrated, simulated, replicated, altered and parodied. The logic of this language is disturbed just enough to provoke a meditation upon the conditions of meaning intrinsic to that vernacular. In her paintings of the 80s and 90s, Wachtel inserted grotesque, irritating cartoon characters — popular with the middle class in the 1960s and 1970s when they were seen on greeting cards, bar supplies and T-shirts – into the “readymade” lexicon of mainstream magazine and newspaper photographic images which documented the contemporary socio-political landscape of the time. Within more recent work cartoons still feature, alongside other figures from a wider source and all imagery is now culled from the internet. The artist is represented by Vilma Gold, London.

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

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