Artist in Community Studios: St. Luke’s Centre
Julie Rafalski is on a studio residency at St. Luke’s Centre, a community centre in Islington, where she works on her own visual art practice alongside delivering photography workshops for the older people using St. Luke’s Centre. Julie studied her MFA at the Slade School of Art and has exhibited in Copenhagen, Warsaw, Berlin, Tel Aviv, London and Chicago.
Artist Julie Rafalski re-examines the creative output of the modernist era. She creates playful dialogues with modernist artworks, adding another layer of meaning to appropriated artworks.
Her approach concentrates on the fragmentary, the marginal and the obsolete, foregrounding the seemingly apparent but not always visible. Rafalski often reuses printed ephemera that document modernist projects or appropriates modernist artworks. She sources her images from books and encyclopaedias, which often show signs of wear, highlighting the history of the printed materials themselves.
With these fragmentary documents of modernist paintings or architecture, she builds her own reconstructed versions, warping and distorting them playfully.
For more information visit: www.julierafalski.com
St. Luke’s Centre members can join Julie on the first Thursday of the month at 2.30 – 3.30pm for photography walks exploring the local area.
To find out more about St. Luke’s Centre see: www.slpt.org.uk