“Horror Vacui” Marie Julou and Steven Young

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Exhibition: “HORROR VACUI”: Paintings by Marie Julou, Photos by Steve Young

La Escuela Ruzafa, C/Denia,32, 46006

Saturday 12th June, 7pm – 10pm, ONE NIGHT ONLY

  •  In this exhibition, two artists; a photographer: Steve Young and a painter: Marie Julou respond to the concept of “Horror Vacui” or “the fear of empty space”.
  • Marie Julou
  •  Julou, (aka Tina McCallan) is influenced by the art of “Outsider Artists” (a problematic term used to describe artists who have developed outside of the art institution), some with genuine psychological disorders who are driven by an urge to obsessively cover the paper in lines, shapes and patterns.
  •  In her work, she starts with a line then, like a doodle, lets it wander across the canvas. Sometimes doodling in pencil on top of dried oil paint scratching the surface like Sgraffito in Italian Art.
  • Julou is interested in the meditative quality of painting, in layers, covering things up and revealing them. Each painting has its own archaeology, a history of colours and marks buried beneath the final layer.
  • Steve Young
  •    In this series of photographs by Steve Young entitled, “Interrupted Landscape”, depicting a disused mine, a nuclear power station and a theme park, Young is interested in how the theme of ‘horror vacui’ refers to how we relate to space and our visual world.
  • In the images, he has depicted landscapes as interrupted, scarred or damaged by monstrous industrial structures investigating the notion of the fear of open space or the void.
  • Through the visual investigation of the landscape around us, he sees strong traces of the Anthropocene.
  • His stance is to critique this evolution, seeing the obsessive filling of space as something problematic to our relationship to the earth and ourselves. All the images were shot using moonlight.




I’m fascinated by the idea that, with “Horror Vacui”, a painting or drawing is never finished, you can just keep adding more and more until you get lost in it” Marie Julou

“I see the industrial landscape as a metaphor for that which arises in our minds, a collective capitalist greed manifesting through neo liberal ideals, where we impose our will, our desires on the landscape, we cannot just leave it be” Steve Jones

Marie Julou is the painting pseudonym for Tina McCallan. She studied at the Royal Academy in London and the Dusseldorf Art Academy. She has exhibited internationally and has work in various private collections.

She currently has a studio in Ruzafa.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariejulou2020/

@Website:  https://www.tinamccallan.com/paintings/

Steve Young is studying a BA (Hons) in photography through the OCA England and began his studies of photography formally in the Espai d’art institute in Valencia Spain. He is a committed meditator.

His studio is in Serra.

Website:  https://photosteveyoung.myportfolio.com/work

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/photosteveyoung/

L’Escuela Ruzafa is a beautiful cultural space in Ruzafa with a well- stocked bar: https://laescueladeruzafa.org/

Press Pack and photos to download: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1LuwzvyitQWDi21x-ql0vWddp3uVzpanZ

Press contacts: Tina 652250785 or Steve 695794397

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