Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia RandallFriday March 28, 2014 - Sunday May 25, 2014
The Davison Art Center gallery is now closed for the summer. Recently on view was Oral Fixations, which will travel this fall to the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College.
From strange hybrid Lovebirds to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Julia Randall’s drawings seduce the viewer. Oral Fixations is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Randall, Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan. As the artist explains, she sees the mouth as "the threshold of the id," and her works are "simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive." The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud's theory of oral-stage fixation, but Randall's often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor.
The Davison Art Center published a catalog in conjunction with this exhibition.
For two Wesleyan student reviews of the exhibition, please see:
Exhibition Review Excerpt: Julia Randall at Davison Art Center
Mouthing Off: Julia Randall's "Oral Fixations" at the Davison Art Center