This is the first survey exhibition devoted to the work of the late Julie Becker (1972–2016).

Embedded in the psychological, cinematic and material geographies of Los Angeles, her home city, Becker produced a body of installations, sculpture, drawings, photographs and video.

These works speak to the language and mythology of the late-20th-century American Dream turned nightmare, drawing from sources as diverse as Stephen King’s The Shining, Disney’s fantasy The Gnome-Mobile, and suburban stoner myths.

Within Becker’s drawings and videos of dreamlike scenarios, and architectural spaces realised at actual scale or as models, such shared cultural references collide with an idiosyncratic, and at times, dark aura of childish wonder and projection. Becker once stated, ‘A refrigerator box, in American cities, can be the last refuge of the homeless. They’re also temporary places for children to play in.’ In her work, interior spaces appear psychically charged and provisional, conjuring sites for potential refuge and fantastical escape.

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