Jul 9–Sep 18, 2018

Julia Bland (25), Ways to Cross


Lighthouse Works is pleased to announce our second show of 2018, Julia Bland’s Ways to Cross. Bland is known for her very large-scale woven paintings that completely immerse the viewer. Ways to Cross explores the relationship between one of these larger works, Seven Fires, and a suite of recent smaller pieces, giving us a glimpse inside her process.

Bland’s work is simultaneously achingly beautiful and labor intensive. These small woven works reveal their making and allow the viewer to feel the impact of even just two threads crossing. It is here in the countless knots and fibers where Bland plays with the concept of the part to the whole, of the thread to the drawn line. She is master of this delicate architecture and through the repetition of triangular shapes, she elegantly moves the viewer through shifting altitudes where mountains drop into canyons and holes turn into doorways.



Julia Bland’s works incorporate painting and weaving, developing the structures and patterns that bind disparate elements into a whole. Through weaving, cutting, sewing, dying, and painting, the surface becomes a visible record of her evolving, multi-faceted process. Bland earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and her MFA from Yale in 2012. She has been an artist in residence at The Sharpe-Walentas Space Program, Yaddo, The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has been awarded The Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship from Yaddo, The Carol Scholsberg Memorial Prize, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Travel Fellowship, and the Florence Leif Award. She has exhibited with On Stellar Rays, The NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and Asya Geisberg Gallery in NYC, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and CES Gallery in Los Angeles. Her second solo exhibition in NYC will open Fall 2017 at Miller Contemporary.