Born to Shock
Our society so often asks its artists to please, soothe or decorate. Julie
Oakes shakes this complacency by compelling us to view work that contradicts
this notion. Julie uses strong shrill images that jangle our nerve endings
and confront us constantly with messages in an almost "comic strip"
immediacy, "No subtlety here"! These are images that provoke, confront and
even repel. She commands us to notice and react.
Merely sensational? Not a chance. The work has substance. These pieces are
not hastily conceived or executed, but are witty, intelligent and speak of
good craftsmanship. They are rich in material, color, detail and pattern her
visual language is often lush and sensual: an unabashed celebration of paint
and erotic imagery her messages are stark and exclamatory dealing with
issues such as discrimination, feminism, greed and misuse.
Renita Kraubner, curator of "Born to Shock" at the
O.A.A. Gallery During 1992 and 1993