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Posted on Dec 3, 2009
Forum Lounge: Julie Lequin, Top 30
THUR. DEC. 3, 2009 , 7 PM
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Quebec-born artist Julie Lequin explores the construction of identity through role-playing and props, oftentimes with humorous results. A participant in CAF's exhibition Unusual Behavior, Lequin will present a performance piece related to her newest video work in progress Top 30.
Funding and support for the ‘09-‘10 Forum Lounge season is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Make Studio, and the Franciscan Inn. Official media sponsors: the Santa Barbara Independent and KCSB 91.9 FM. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s First Thursdays.
Julie Lequin's work blends theatrical unconvention, humor and pop culture in such a seamless, inventive manner that I immediately knew that I wanted to include her piece, Car Talk, in the Unusual Behavior exhibition at CAF. To compliment the show, I asked Julie to present her work in progress, Top 30, as a performance art piece for the Forum Lounge series. In addition to her filmmaking, Julie is a prolific sketch artist who prepares her films by creating paintings and drawings to lay out her work, scene by scene. This urge to draw and record her own history has greatly informed Top 30, a project in which Julie documents every year of her life until age 30. Using her charming drawings and humorous narrative, Julie pieces together the many places, emotions and thoughts from the past and accompanies them with a soundtrack of an actor (playing her) who sings one song that indicative of that particular year. The result is a poignant travelogue of sorts that focuses on the minute details of her life to form a revealing portrait of the artist.
--Heather Jeno Silva, Forum Lounge curator