Strongroom Pop Up Coming to Vacant Newburgh Storefronts


There are plenty of vacant storefronts in the City of Newburgh. New organization, Strongroom, aims to bring art to unused spaces in the city starting off with their kickoff event this Saturday at Thornwillow Institute, 7 South Lander Street. It is exciting to see new residents bring their own passions to Newburgh.

“Julie Tremblay’s work often takes scientific theories as a starting point, exploring the complicated relationships between the natural and human worlds. Both research-based and instinctive, her monumental sculptures can take many forms. Twisting and flowing through space, suspended above or around you, hard edges of an accordion fold meet a bulbous curve of sculpted aluminum mesh.LED lights at times strung throughout and spray paint applied to the metallic surface create added depth and false shadows, giving the form a mysterious sense of space,which feels at once transparent and perhaps impenetrable. It is a form you might feel inclined to embrace, climb into, or even imitate.

This new site-specific installation references “strange attractors,” a term used in chaos theory to describe external elements that interrupt regular patterns in nature. The interference causes the pattern to change and become seemingly chaotic. Walking through and around the strange forms, there are familiar yet abstract sounds from nearby Julie’s Newburgh studio – a freight train and the waves of the Hudson River, alternating between nature and the manmade. Balance and disruption are at the heart of Julie’s practice, and this immersive sculptural installation expresses a potential for transformation through its movement and meandering forms. Working with different types of mesh for over fifteen years, Julie’s formal treatment of the medium has evolved into a physical interpretation of the interconnectivity of nature’s infinite complexities.

Julie Tremblay is from Quebec, Canada, and is based in Newburgh and Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and most recently at the Art Dubai art fair with Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery. In 2012, named her as one of “5 best up and coming NYC artists.” Other recent press includes feature articles in Surface Magazine China,Creative Quarterly, and Nu-Modé Magazine, just to name a few. In 2013, she was awarded a residency with the prestigious Parisian gallery Galerie RX, where she spent the summer in their gigantic space in Ivry-sur-Seine, a former scientific laboratory of the Frédéric Joliot-Curie, making a large site-specific installation. She recently had a solo exhibition at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, and also completed two major commissions in Canada last year; one for the lobby of a new movie theater in Marham, Ontario, Canada and the other for La Maison Simons, in Gatineau, Quebec.

Made possible with the support of Thornwillow Institute.”

One Comment

  • Cool, akin to Gehry’s work unbridled. ‘Always been a fan of chaos theory, it’s the kick in the arse the ‘Burgh needs. +1000 to Thornwillow and Julie for being ‘butterflies’.