Julia Vogl’s social sculpture incorporate public engagement, architectural interventions and colour. She is resolved to create experiences and memories for the viewer, prompting discourse, while creating aesthetically rich works.
Inspired by political events, social behavior, and the community where the work is sited she aims to create works that reveal underlying cultural values. American and British her public works have been on both sides of the Atlantic. She is not afraid to be ambitious, in Pathways to Freedom she covered 6000 square feet of the Boston Common, in Massachusetts, with visual interpretations of 1800 individuals views on freedom and immigration in 2018.
Engagement weather for one or thousands has been critical to the development of her artworks. She engaged an individual with epilepsy and his relationship to seizures for Timewell Timeline a commission with the London Brain project. And in 2012 engaged 2000 people in Peckham London for her project HOME done in partnership with Southwark Council and Arts Council England. While inspired by Modernism, Bauhaus and architecture, she is interested in data – and making the viewers active participants. Her work aims to be aesthetically compelling but also accessible, reflective of the users of the space and provocative for further discussion or even action. She finds community everywhere having shown in bereavement suites, cemeteries, school yards, city parks, parking lots, corporate offices, or roving the Krakow streets with a converted pretzel trolley.
Vogl defines many of here works as Social Sculpture, which is a contemporary take on the definition that Joseph Beuys coined 50 years ago. Vogl’s approach invites the public to take action, not necessarily a creative one, and the individual actions gradually build a collective work or data set that contributes to a visual product and catalyst for socializing. Influenced by the aesthetic of Russian Constructivists, the De Stijl and the Minimalists- colour/ pattern is an essential ingredient to her art. This passion for colour and architecture has also contributed to an adjacent body of work- abstract drawings and prints. Theses drawings have been incorporated as textiles and installations- as seen most recently in a tapestry, Magic Carpet, installed in Riverside care home in Hull in 2019, and or on ITV, as part of ITV creates ident project. This dual practice is inspired by Christo and Jeanne Claude, Francis Alys and Sonia Delaunay.
Vogl has previously worked in public art as an administrator, and is keen to make short term and permanent public works.