Julie Trudel

Statement

At the heart of Julie Trudel’s pictorial practice is the following hypothesis: creating work within specific procedural constraints can potentially cause remarkable new visual effects. As an abstract painter, the artist engages with the properties of paint through simple work processes that take shape through the self-imposed limitations she establishes at the start of each new project. These vary from a restricted choice of palette, to a specific technique for applying paint, or a predetermined type of composition.

The titles of her series and individual works give clues to her experimentation process. Her series RGB (2009-2010), CMYK (2011-2012), Noir de fumée et blanc de titane (2013), Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane (2014-2015) all make references to pigments or colour models examined by Trudel. As for the titles of her works, these generally reference the recipes used or the visual effects generated by each composition, for example: Empiètements T-T13F13 (2013), Chevauchements T123F123 (2013), Bifurcation NBN (2014), Polarités NNB (2014) or Transparence et distorsion NNBN (2015). However those protocols carry intricate contradictions, as very controlled dripping processes paradoxically calls for chance, through the use of liquid paint and repetition.

In this way, Julie Trudel situates herself within the realm of reflective and conceptual painting that focuses on the making of the painting and investigates painting per se. Her research goes beyond the question of painting as coloured matter; it extends to painting as a practice and a discipline. Her works give new currency to traditional issues of abstract painting through works that seek to renew the technical aspects of painting – as much through its medium and its support as its hanging.

Biography

Julie Trudel holds a BA, a BFA and an MFA from UQAM and has exhibited across Canada, Europe and the United States including recent solo exhibition at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn (2018), the group exhibition Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2017) and The Painting Project at Galerie de l’UQAM (2013). In addition to being awarded numerous research and creation grants as well as artist residencies across Canada and abroad, Trudel was a two-time finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2011, 2012), and winner of the Joseph Plaskett Award in painting (2013). She is a Professor at UQAM in Montreal, where she lives and work.

Julie Trudel, Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane – couleur et lumière, 2019
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada (photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro)
Julie Trudel, Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane – couleur et lumière, 2019
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada (photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro)
Julie Trudel, Fragmented square Y/B + R + W (study), 2018
Peinture acrylique sur feuilles d’acrylique pliées et assemblées
Acrylic paint on folded and assembled acrylic sheets
Julie Trudel, Rectangles repliés J/B R/B J/R + noir, 2018
Peinture acrylique sur feuilles d’acrylique pliées et assemblées
Acrylic paint on folded and assembled acrylic sheets
102 x 152 x 28 cm (40” x 60” x 11”)
Julie Trudel
Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane — transparence et distorsion, 2016
Vue d’exposition
Exhibition view
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada
Julie Trudel
Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane — transparence et distorsion, 2016
Vue d’exposition
Exhibition view
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada
Julie Trudel
Transparence et distorsion NNBN, 2015
Acrylique et gesso sur feuille acrylique
Acrylic and gesso on acrylic sheet
117 x 59,5 x 35,5 cm (46″ x 23 1/2″ x 14″)
(Photo : Jordan Blackburn

 

Julie Trudel
Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane – tableaux grand format, 2014
Galerie des Étables, Bordeaux, France
Julie Trudel
Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane – tableaux grand format, 2014
Galerie des Étables, Bordeaux, France
Julie Trudel
Polarisés BNN, 2014
Acrylique et gesso sur plexiglas
Acrylic and gesso on plexiglas
205 x 101 cm (80 3/4” x 39 3/4”)
Julie Trudel
Polarisés BNN (détail), 2014
Acrylique et gesso sur plexiglas
Acrylic and gesso on plexiglas
205 x 101 cm (80 3/4” x 39 3/4”)
Julie Trudel, Noir de fumée et blanc de titane, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, 2013 (photo : Éliane Excoffier)
Julie Trudel, Croisements T123F123M, 2013
acrylique sur panneau
acrylic on panel
32” x 40”

 

Julie Trudel, Projet CMYK – phase 2, Optica, Montréal, 2012 (photo : Richard-Max Tremblay)
Julie Trudel, Ellipses en transit YCM, 2012, acrylique, gesso et encre de sérigraphie sur contreplaqué, acrylic, gesso and silkscreen ink on plywood, 29’’ x 68’’ (photo : Richard-Max Tremblay)
Julie Trudel, Flaques 2 et 6, 2012, acrylique, gesso et encre de sérigraphie sur contreplaqué, acrylic, gesso and silkscreen ink on plywood, 16’’ x 16’’ ch/ea (photo : Richard-Max Tremblay)
Julie Trudel, Flaques 6 (détail), 2012 (photo : Richard-Max Tremblay)
Julie Trudel, Tondos CMY en déplacement, 2011, acrylique et encre de sérigraphie sur contreplaqué, acrylic and silkscreen ink on plywood (photo : Julie Trudel)
Julie Trudel, Tondos CMY en déplacement (détail), 2011 (photo : Richard-Max Tremblay)