“Vicious Elegance,” Julia Klein: Partial Figures and Fragments — A Winning Essay in the Art Writing Contest!

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Finalists in category: 100 words or less

“Vicious Elegance,” Julia Klein: Partial Figures and Fragments
By Kenneth Nicholson

Vox Populi: March 6-29 2015

sculptures of human legs and heads and shoulders
Julia Klein, Partial Figures and Fragments, Vox Populi. Detail of installation. Photo by Roberta Fallon.

Coils of wire wrapped with aggressive devotion, throttling plaster crusted legs that abruptly disperse into the air. Julia Klein gets her hooks in the viewer immediately with unsettlingly rhythmic sculptures that seamlessly move from masterful intuition to provisional application. For as crudely handled as the sculptures appear, each piece is rooted with a visceral understanding of the body, and how it maneuvers itself. When experiencing the exhibition, the viewer will not move around the sculptures, but with them, within an energetic miasma that hovers throughout the exhibition.

Kenneth Nicholson is a painter and writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.