Julie Whitenect is an emerging Printmaker working in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Graduating from Mount Allison University in 2014, she has been busy growing her practice, working on commissions, exhibiting locally and nationally, and recently received a Creation Grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board. Julie is employed as the Associate Director of ArtsLink NB (provincial arts advocacy organization), and serves as Treasurer of Third Space (Artist-run centre in Saint John)
Whitenect selects and alters images to disengage the elements from their context and disassociate the viewer from their origin.
This exhibit examines gatherings, groups and goings-on.
Julie Whitenect uses images of groups of people engaging and disengaging in activities.
‘turn-out’ is a recent series of work consisting of silkscreen prints on paper, mounted on wood and silkscreen prints on panels. The work explores gatherings in an observed solitude. This series is currently being exhibited in Saint John, NB.
“With my work I explore the relationship between natural and constructed environments, exposing the viewer to their dichotomy. This series builds upon recent works involving themes of detachment, industrial imagery and isolation. There is a solitude felt in a small place that is evident in all aspects of our lives. There is a prevailing attitude that prosperity is on the horizon,
the past is lauded and the present is bleak.
I am forcing a reconsideration of the symbols that surround us, by selecting and omitting what the viewer sees. What are we waiting for, has something happened, is something about to happen – this state of uncertainty is emphasized and highlighted in the stark graphic aesthetic of the work.
These images portray collections of figures in a state of waiting, preparation, anticipation of activity. The images used are of spectators, skaters, and athletes, all in moments between or before action. My interest in these images involve a sense of pause. By rearranging, and playing with the formation of these figures, I am directing the viewer to interact with the print, to further amplify the separation of the form to the viewer. The audience will consider what has been omitted and why the importance has been placed solely on the figures and not the space they occupy.
I believe this series speaks to a regional outlook held in small cities, and struggling communities, for a desire to create space.
I am interested in exploring New Brunswick in my work, creating a correspondence and resolving curiosity by examining what is left and what will be, exploring the New Brunswick art discourse surrounding place and ideas of place making.”