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Julie Orser: Captain Rooftop

A male pirate stands against a railing on a rooftop with the city of Los Angeles in the background

Julie Orser: Captain Rooftop
April 1 – June 11, 2017


The camerawork and sound design for Julie Orser’s single channel video work Captain Rooftop (2017) takes a feminist approach against traditional seamless cinema. Orser’s “Captain” figure is an obsolete masculine character that makes a strong attempt to posture, to literally hold his ground, even when that ground appears to be unstable. As time progresses it becomes clear his actions are futile, they are just the facades of a showman, an actor, playing the role for which he has been cast.


Julie Orser (b. Chicago) received an  MFA in Studio Art from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in Photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art. The artists  videos, photography, and multi-channel installations have exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Luckman Gallery (Los Angeles), Changing Role Gallery (Rome), Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica), Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica), Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles), Kí­¼nstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City), Il Magazzino d’Arte Moderna (Rome), Royal College of Art (London), Kunstraum Innsbruck (Austria), The Gallery Loop (Seoul), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, The Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Cheekwood Museum of Art (Nashville),  Ann Arbor Film Festival, Saison Vidí­©o,PDX Film Festival, and  Dallas Video Festival.  Orser was awarded the 2010 California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship for Emerging Artists, the 2014 and 2009 Investing in Artists grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the 2014 ARC grant. Julie is the co-founder of ART OFFICE for Film & Video and Assistant Professor in the Creative Photography Program at California State University, Fullerton. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.