A Very White Flower
About the Artist
Adrià Julià received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a Maisterschüler from the Universität der Künste Berlin, and a BFA from Universitat de Barcelona. His practice includes installations, film, photography, and performance. Julià has had solo exhibitions at the Miró Foundation (Barcelona), Tabakalera (San Sebastián, Spain), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica), Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, California), Project Art Centre (Dublin), LAXART (Los Angeles), Artists Space (New York), and Room Gallery (Irvine, California). He has participated in group shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Seoul Museum of Art, and Akademie der Künste (Berlin). He participated in the Lyon, São Paulo, Mercosul, Kochi-Muzirisand, and Jakarta Biennales. In 2015, Julià was the Guna S. Mundheim fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He holds grants from Art Matters and the American Center Foundation. Julià is currently working on a solo exhibition at São Paulo’s Pinacoteca.
About the Artwork
Adrià Julià presents a series of works that explore the production and consumption of popcorn and its intrinsic link to Hollywood and the film industry. Reflecting on the historical and socioeconomic intricacies of the global corn industry, its relationship to Mexican culture, and the popularization of popcorn in the United States after the Great Depression, Julià presents two films at Los Angeles State Historic Park—a site that was formerly a cornfield. A Very White Flower is projected while a performer narrates images about the different histories of popcorn, and Popcorn presents high-definition footage of a single kernel of corn popping. The artist is also designing a fold-out poster, featuring a collage of images and texts related to the films, to accompany the screenings.