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Julian Chams

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Pictured above: Julian Chams and Beatrice Glow, Cycles (Riverdale Study), 2017, digital fabric print, 50 x 140 x 2 inches. Courtesy of the artists and Wave Hill. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Julian Chams and Beatrice Glow, both Van Lier Visual Artist Fellows in 2015, collaborate on a work that highlights the intersection of their methodology and practice. Glow mines historical archives to create sculptures and installations, while Chams uses digital technology to stitch together photographic images from disparate geographic and temporal sources. To amplify and showcase the indigenous cultural values of the Lenape people, Chams and Glow investigated the pre-colonial history of the area, and conducted research with Dr. Eric Sanderson at the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. The result is a digital collage that explores the historical and ecological dimensions of this landscape, deepening our understanding of possible, sustainable futures.

Maybe Like This
Sunroom Project Space | September 15–October 25, 2015
Van Lier Visual Artist Fellow

Julian Chams, Maybe Like This, 2015, installation views, printed fabric and vinyl. Courtesy of the artist. Photos: Stefan Hagen 

Working in the space between the personal and the systematic, Julian Chams creates assemblages of imagery that include both natural and manmade elements. The artist captures the sensory data of daily life through a constant photographic habit. These commonplace images gain novel meaning as they are recombined into seductive sculptural forms. As a Van Lier Visual Artist Fellow, Chams has drawn inspiration from Wave Hill’s environs into his practice, responding to its architecture and landscape.

Chams’s Sunroom Project, titled Maybe Like This, transforms the gallery into a captivating and refracted environment, which the artist describes as “a kind of personal fortress, a self-contained system of heterogeneous elements taken from my surroundings.” The installation includes soft sculptures made of cloth printed with sharp-focused photographs taken in New York, Kansas City, his native Colombia and the United Kingdom. Hanging next to and in front of the Sunroom’s windows and on the walls, these printed images veil and reveal each other, while both obscuring and interacting with the views of Wave Hill’s natural landscape outside. Through this process of rearranging and combining images from places nearby and remote, recent and past, Chams attempts to make sense of this abundant visual information, to make it more comprehensible and at the same time awe-inspiring. Ultimately, this compilation of moments caught on camera shows the interconnectedness of humans and their surroundings.


Julian Chams, Maybe Like This, 2015, installation views, printed fabric and vinyl. Courtesy of the artist. Photos: Stefan Hagen. 

Winter Workspace Program
Glyndor Gallery | February 23– April 11, 2015

Julian Chams in his Winter Workspace studio, Wave Hill, 2015

Julian Chams seeks to assuage the anxiety of information overload by creating assemblages of memories, experiences and feelings. The artist captures everyday visual experience through a constant photographic habit. Chams transforms these mundane images into tactile sculptural forms.

As a Van Lier Fellow, Chams draws Wave Hill’s environs into his immersive practice, documenting the dynamic landscape with his camera. During his time in the Winter Workspace, he worked on photo collages and soft sculptures made with fabric printed with photographs taken in and around Wave Hill’s grounds, New York City and his native Colombia.

Artist website

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.