Artist Julia Rommel joins Rail Editor-at-Large David Rhodes for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Ellie Parker.
In this talk
Artist Julia Rommel (b. 1980, Salisbury, Maryland) is an American painter with a strong interest in the art historical canon. In her paintings, Rommel is less interested in signature brush strokes than in what she describes as using tools “to keep my signature away”. Her paintings act equally as research into color. While they are not attempts at color harmonies, the artist is interested in the conflict between colors and of using tones to eliminate one another. Rommel’s work acts between painting and relief, insisting on the objectiveness of the work.
New York-based artist and writer David Rhodes is originally from Manchester, UK. He is an Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail and has published reviews in Artforum, artcritical, among other publications. He has paintings in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Huntington Museum, Los Angeles. He is the author of the monograph Bernard Frize (Lund Humphries, 2019) and has an essay included in the forthcoming book on the paintings of Peter Bradley to be published by Karma, New York, later this year.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Ellie Parker reading.
Artist Ellie Parker (she/her) is based in Brooklyn. Her work is transdisciplinary by nature, harmonizing text, photography, and the moving image. Passionate about communal practice, she’s worked as a media instructor at non-profit organizations such as the Echo Park Film Center and Mono No Aware. Two of her poems were recently published in Dirt Child’s Volume 3. She is currently writing her forthcoming chapbook, The Days We Dawn, while studying poetry at the Poetry Field School and Cool Memories.