sesame, open yourself

June 3 - August 30, 2022

Kenderdine Art Gallery

curator, Leah Taylor
exhibition essay by Rose Bouthillier

Julie Oh’s artistic practice considers found objects as powerful vessels for the human experience: mortality, labor, faith and freedom. The Saskatoon-based artist works from the realm of the everyday, initiating a period of sustained engagement with collected materials. Oh works instinctually by allowing the installation of objects to each hold space within the gallery, offering an entanglement of conceptual readings that address the aura of their presence.

Julie Oh will be the Kenderdine Art Gallery artist-in-residence for the month of May, followed by the opening of her solo exhibition.


Julie Oh, sesame, open yourself, 2020, American Eagle Outfitters t-shirts, wood crate. Image courtesy of the artist.
Headshot, Julie Oh, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.


Recent solo exhibitions of her work include lines (2018) as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Series at Remai
Modern; Your Hog Has Arrived (2019) at PAVED Arts; and Tunnel, Air, Mother (2019) at Dunlop Art Gallery. She holds an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan.