Julie D. Mills
Project Space (lower level)
June 7 – July 26, 2019
Friday, June 7 @8pm
Julie D. Mills’ exhibition grassstains positions the viewer in between two soccer players, clad in painting-turned-into-clothing, cleverly meeting at the cross section of painting, performance, sound, and video. The rules of the game condition bodies in space that are defined in relation to one another, bound to the particular laws. At the same time, bodies deviate from these laws as interpersonal dynamics, emotions, and play rupture out of the ideals of the rulebook. And for us viewers who are thrown into the middle of the playing field, we must quickly figure out and renew our identities and our limbs to jump into the game.
Julie D. Mills is a Saskatchewan-born artist currently based in Vancouver, BC. They received their BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2016. Based in painting, Mills’ practice explores the ways in which objects can be reactivated and questioned though modes of movement, dance and parody. Their work also considers identity and narrative though themes of gendered performance, athleticism, nationalism and fandom. Their solo work has been exhibited at the Edinburgh College of Art, Plaza Project Space and the John V. Hicks Gallery.
Stride Gallery is located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.