b. 1972, CA, USA. d. 2016, CA, USA
Julie Becker was an interdisciplinary artist whose work ranged between installations, sculptures, drawings, photography and video. The themes of space and displacement are consistent throughout the works of the artist, often framed through familiar themes of the city. Becker’s exploration of transient lives and spaces was reflective of an artist who had personal ties to the experience of displacement. Representative of these coalescing themes, her work Whole (Going Down) (1999) is part of a larger series through which Becker channelled the presence of the former inhabitant of her Los Angeles apartment, who had died from an AIDS related illness. The closet cum elevator shaft is a disorienting and disquieting image that coheres into a visual pun of sorts, a transient domestic space that is also a stage for a precariously suspended bank building; the economy on the brink of collapse.
Selected solo exhibitions include: I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent, ICA, London, UK, 2018 and Julie Becker, Greene Naftali, NY, USA, 2016.