Artist Julia Dault makes paintings and sculptures that play with surface and substrate by applying and removing layers of pigment from materials like pleather, spandex, vinyl, and plastic. Her sculptures, created on-site in the gallery, are exercises in temporary tension, binding rolled sheets of plexiglass and formica with string and straps.

This year she presented a solo exhibition as part of the series Inside the White Cube at White Cube Bermondsey, London, and participated in Roundtable at the Ninth Gwanju Biennale and The Ungovernables at the second New Museum Triennial. Her work has been exhibited at the Marrakech Biennale, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, and other international venues, and is part of the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She is on the faculty of the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons, the New School for Design. Dault is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Special thanks to lumber room.

Curated by Kristan Kennedy, the PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series brings together artists from a variety of disciplines to explore the subjects of their own work before a live audience. The series is supported in part by Utrecht Art Supplies and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.