Newport Beach

Adrià Julià

Orange County Museum of Art

Adrià Julià, a young Spanish artist who has been living in Los Angeles since 2001 (she graduated from CalArts in 2003) has already exhibited widely throughout Europe but remains underrecognized in the US. This should change soon. The work on view at the Orange County Museum of Art comprised just a handful of medium-scale, resoundingly Felliniesque photographs and a film (split into two separate projections), La Villa Basque, Vernon, California, 2004, all depicting aspects of the titular restaurant. As the first things one sees, the photographs distantly recall the sorts of images that remain on view outside movie theaters in Europe, lending the installation a vaguely antiquated ciné-club feel. But here they serve no supplementary or promotional purpose; rather, as emphatically staged, hence theatrical, products of the set, they assert their independence from the moving image.

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