About Julie Karabenick
September 7, 2011
Julie Karabenick is an abstract painter, curator and writer. She was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She currently lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she received a BA and a PhD (Psychology) from the University of Michigan. For over 20 years Karabenick has exhibited her paintings and prints widely throughout the US. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Ann Arbor, Chicago and New York, and she has taken part in over 60 group exhibitions.
Karabenick’s work explores equilibrium and disequilibrium, symmetry and asymmetry through intensive studies of color relations realized in a geometric idiom. Her compositions begin with an underlying grid, which establishes unity through proportional harmonies of size and shape. She then works toward dynamic balance and tension in paintings where networks of relations—of color, shape and pattern—arise and subside in the visual field and where only suggestions of the grid remain.
A curator and writer, Karabenick is the editor of the online scholarly art project, Geoform (www.geoform.net), begun in 2005, which explores the use of geometric form and structure in contemporary abstract art. There she shows the work of over 200 artists from around the world and posts in-depth interviews with numerous participating mid- to late-career artists.