FACE VALUE- MATERIAL MIMICRY | Julie Upmeyer | 06.04 – 06.05.2017

We are here, just standing.
We should have been other places, or perhaps we are exactly where we need to be.

What are we? What are we entitled to? Maybe our place, space, and surfaces are
about that. Or all of that has changed and we are something else now.

We became greater and we became smaller, we were hidden in plain sight. We came from the city streets and magnificent living rooms to this space. We are just standing here.

We might look the same, but has our essence changed?
If everything that made us has changed, does that change us also?”

Sine Ergün, Istanbul, 2017

Julie Upmeyer will create an environment of tailored objects in her solo show Face Value – Material Mimicry opening at Space Debris on April 6th. She is an artist and initiator who creates sculptures and objects, performances and installations. Her love for transforming materials of all sorts is the common denominator of her practice. From her studio in the hardware district of Istanbul, she creates works that combines her many passions: layers and labor, dimensions and dedication to craft, systems, substances, and shiny things. Her work is often the direct result her manipulation of a chosen material, other times she enjoys the challenge of responding to a specific space, place, or theme.

“Its not fake; its real. How could it be otherwise?
But not what it looks like, so you could call it deceptive.

Vinyl, polystyrene, laminate, acrylic. In the modern-day city, these materials surround us at every turn. They are cheap, accessible, and can be formed into practically any shape by ever-advancing technologies. But there are deeper-rooted cultural habits and aesthetic tendencies that are slow to change. There is still an innate value placed on stone, the precious metals, glass, plaster and wood, though generally a dramatically diminished patience for their cost and time requirements. Insistence on quick fixes and low budgets require compromises to be made….and they are. Imitations, impersonations, improvisations – the results are often not without a sense of irony.

Cities are a human creation. They are experienced simultaneously by millions of people. Layers physically and conceptually obstruct most of what is going on, creating an illusion of interior and exterior, public and private, yours and mine. Façade.

Value is collectively negotiated.
Appearance is key.”
Julie Upmeyer, Istanbul, 2017