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Julia Dault, Magic Mountain, 2013, acrylic and oil on canvas, 61 1/2 × 42 1/2".

Julia Dault

China Art Objects Galleries

Julia Dault, Magic Mountain, 2013, acrylic and oil on canvas, 61 1/2 × 42 1/2".

For her first solo show in Los Angeles, “Rhythm Nation 2014,” Julia Dault installed ten paintings around one sculpture, Untitled 34, 2:45 PM–7:45 PM, April 15, 2014; 11:30 AM–12:45 PM, April 16, 2014. A decidedly material proposition, Untitled 34 nonetheless foregrounds the artist’s bodily engagement in its prolix title (which records the time involved in the work’s production over the course of two sessions). As with other pieces she has recently exhibited at the New Museum in New York and White Cube Bermondsey in London, among others, Dault here coerced large panes of Formica and Plexiglas into balletic bowing forms through acts of physical exertion. Fastened to the wall with boxing hand wraps and string, the sheets suggested a dynamic undoing—pent-up force snapping straps—that never arrived. The very literal tension resided in the work’s provisional stasis, bracketed

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