Julie Orser

Julie OrserArtist’s Statement

My artistic practice is situated at the intersection of art and cinema. As a visual artist in Los Angeles, I focus the lens of my video camera on Hollywood cinema with structuralist investigations of mise-en-scène, character and narrative to initiate discussions about representations of femininity, place and time.

I am inspired by and engaged with the language of cinema, its history, theory and structure. I am continually attracted to the cinematic residue that seeps into our unconscious and the inner archive of visual memories it forms.

My videos operate within and sometimes against the conventions and clichés of various film genres including the western, melodrama, silent comedy and horror. I am especially interested in the visual vocabulary produced by Hollywood cinema, and my work examines how aspects of this language influence our assumptions about character and story.

My past single and multi-channel video installations have explored gender roles, character construction, simultaneity, image-sound relationships and notions of place through camera movement, editing and the configuration of video projection in a given space. In these works, I amplify mise-en-scène (e.g., exaggerating setting, lighting or costumes) without a traditional storyline. I invite the viewer on a journey of narrative remnants, placing equal importance on what is shown and on what has been left unsaid, to evoke each viewer’s cinematic memory in forming the narrative of the work.

My intention is to ask questions and create a discourse around narrative and the visual and aural cues that have been instilled in us through cinema.

Website: julieorser.com


Select Solo Exhibitions

Playback, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

Anna Moore, Changing Role Gallery, Rome

Anna Moore, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles

Select Group Exhibitions

Seeing is Becoming, curated by Jay Jordan, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis

Unusual Behavior, curated by Heather Jeno Silva, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Here Once Again: Where Art and Cinema Interact, The Gallery Loop, Seoul, Korea

Multiple Vantage Points: Southern CA Women Artists, 1980-2006, curated by Dextra Frankel, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles

Curatorial Projects

2006 – Present
Co-Director of ART OFFICE for Film + Video, Los Angeles

2008 – Present
The MOVING INDEX, ART OFFICE Online Film & Video Exhibition

Awards and Scholarships

Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles


2005, M.F.A.
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, Calif.

1999, B.F.A.
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Ore.