Julia Campisi – 1 : 2 : 4

Curated by NAMARA

 1 : 2 : 4
Julia Campisi

Curated by NAMARA

July 13 – September 14, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 3 – 5pm
Additional programming to be announced
NAMARA Projects, Toronto

About the Artist

Julia Campisi is a visual artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography. Campisi’s studio practice explores the dynamics that sustain our society through the portrayal of industrial motifs and tools encountered in her daily life. Campisi creates stand-ins for these ‘things’ using self-taught arduous and experimental molding and casting techniques.

With a background in photography from Concordia University and Toronto Metropolitan University, Campisi employs the image to shape the theoretical framework of her practice. Her primary materials are resin and acrylic, as the translucency of both acts as a lens and conveys meaning by invoking recognizable symbolic systems associated with photography.

Like photographs, Campisi is not interested in maintaining reality but in generating a fantasy where assumptions, absurdity and artifice are front and center. Rather than trick the viewer, Campisi attempts to draw out their judgments and bring into question the general feeling or idea of culture as ascribed by our built environment. Ultimately, her work is fixated on why we exist and how the things that we overlook have the capacity to define, generate, and build who we are.

Concurrently, Campisi is presenting new artwork at the Toronto Sculpture Garden, with her exhibition The Garden Gardens, on view until September 10, 2024.

Sid Starkman is a Pastry Artist who uses food as an ephemeral art form. Her practice focuses on ways to create experiences of comfort, wonder, surprise, and playfulness; activating a more intimate relationship to ourselves, each other, brands, tradition, history, and art in all forms. Currently, she operates a custom cake and special event food business called Sidnichka.

NAMARA Projects is pleased to offer treats by Sidnichka during our receptions. Sidnichka works with our curators and partners to conceive of bites that integrate the themes, content, or ideas represented in NPS programming.

About NAMARA Projects

Located in the Dupont Arts Building, NAMARA projects is a privately funded, not-for-profit venue for research, deliberation, and presentation of curatorial work.

NAMARA works around the fluctuating borders of the traditional art world. The explorations conducted in the Project Space inform both independent and commissioned presentations. Through our work, we celebrate thoughtful work by contemporary artists; challenge traditions, experimenting with untested methods; and welcome new collaborators and audiences.

IG: @namaraprojects


NAMARA is a curatorial firm under the direction of Natalie MacNamara. NAMARA bridges the gap between the art world and broader commercial, public, and educational fields. We align partner interests with the goal of producing meaningful and engaging cultural projects.

We deliver art strategy, curatorial direction, collections, exhibitions, public art, permanent installations, temporary experiential and visual projects in digital and physical space, and art direction.

What sets us apart is our interdisciplinary approach to bringing together client and commissioning bodies’ priorities, with artists’ conceptual and aesthetic faculties. The result is concept-driven, artist-led projects that engage audiences and deliver impact.

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NAMARA Projects
915 Dupont Street – Unit 103
Toronto, Canada M6H 1Z1
Public Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm, and by appointment: info@namara.ca