The Front Room at Candice Madey, NY

September 10 - October 16, 2021


CANDICE MADEY is pleased to feature the work of Julia Haft-Candell in two presentations this fall: at NADA x Foreland in Catskill, NY–during Upstate Art Weekend from August 28 to 29–and in the gallery at 1 Rivington as part of the gallery’s Front Room project from September 10 to October 22.

Combined, these installations present ceramic and bronze sculptures and related works on paper, offering a broad view of the LA-based sculptor's experiments in new materials, including recent work in which Haft-Candell combines her signature processes for working in clay with novel approaches to bronze.

Haft-Candell’s work often reads as anthropomorphic–not so much by taking the shape of the human body (although hands and legs recur), but rather by evoking through physical material a desire to connect, to touch, or to relate disparate parts. Her interest in science fiction lends a distinctly narrative component to her work, which creates the sense that her sculptures are set in motion and part of a larger story. Language features prominently, both directly through the use of text, and indirectly through the use of a lexicon of forms that the artist returns to recurrently.


In 2014, Haft-Candell started the infinite school, offering classes and programming to encourage alternative and experimental methods and voices from within her studio. the infinite school has evolved into an in-person experimental space for ceramic education outside of the institution. the infinite is an evolving fictional world invented by Haft-Candell to recontextualize our present moment. It provides a space to experimentally build new systems, both in artwork and pedagogy. Learning, analyzing, reevaluating and adapting are central to the infinite.


Haft-Candell lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2020, she presented her first solo exhibition in New York with CANDICE MADEY, Carrier Bag of Fiction. Other recent solo exhibitions include Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Parrasch Heijen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and group exhibitions at CANDICE MADEY, New York, NY; Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; Grand Central Art Center at California State University, Fullerton CA; the Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA; Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY; among others. Her work has been written about in Artforum, Surface Magazine, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She received an MFA from California State University Long Beach and BA in Studio Art and International Relations from University of California Davis.



above: Expanding Turquoise and Orange, 2021, bronze