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Hairline crack



Julie Rrap


1950 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    acrylic glass and hair
    Installation dimensions variable depending on number of sections installed. Each section 30.0 x 100.0 x 3.5cm. :

    1-15 - 15 sections, 30 x 100 x 3 cm, each front sheet/tube of perspex

    1-15 - 15 sections, 30 x 100 x 0.5 cm, each backing sheet of perspex

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Young Friends of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1993
    South Building, lower level 1, 20th-century galleries
    Accession number
    © Julie Rrap. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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  • About

    Julie Rrap, who was based in Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s, returned to Australia in 1992 to exhibit 'Hairline crack' in the 9th Biennale of Sydney. From a distance, the artwork resembles a black line drawn on the wall, evoking, perhaps, the work of Sol LeWitt, Mel Bochner or other artists associated with minimalism. On closer inspection, however, it is quickly discovered that the line is in fact made from an unruly excess of human hair.

    The work might be seen to meditate on the tension between the organic and the synthetic or between order and chaos. The perfectly straight, level line reveals itself to be disrupted by something organic and unpredictable; a part of our bodies associated with beauty that is also cut and discarded.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

Other works by Julie Rrap

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