First published in the January 22 print issue of Glendale News Press.
The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale will open “Evening Mile: The Paintings of Julika Lackner” on January 29.
The exhibit features 17 nightscapes that offer meditative views of Southern California. These works of art transform cityscapes, hills and coastlines into kaleidoscopic vistas.
Lackner’s expertise in landscape painting dates back more than a decade, but the main focus of “Evening Mile” is a series of artworks she began at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Forced to halt her travels in March 2020, Lackner turned her attention to her immediate surroundings. Working from her home and studio in the hills of Eagle Rock, she was able to capture high views of the heart of Los Angeles.
“Many of these paintings were crafted during a time of isolation, so it’s exciting to share them with the public,” Lackner said. “Even during the most difficult times, the paintings were meant to bond and foster a sense of community. We were apart, but we were all in this together.
Lackner combines an abstract use of form and color with meticulous observations of the world around him. The resulting paintings transform familiar places into shimmering scenes, dominated by contrasts of natural and artificial light.
The first painting featured in the exhibition is from 2005, while several of the artworks were created as recently as late 2021. One of the newer paintings depicts a view from the hilltop promontory of the Forest Lawn Museum, which overlooks the surrounding neighborhoods of Glendale and nearby Griffith Park. Lackner paints in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor, all of which are featured in the exhibition.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Lackner received her Master of Fine Arts in 2006 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“Landscape painting is a tradition that dates back thousands of years and spans many cultures,” said James Fishburne, director of the Forest Lawn Museum. “Lackner builds on these traditions while innovating. She is able to capture the surreal sunsets of Southern California, while making them feel both new and immediate.
“Evening Mile: The Paintings of Julika Lackner” will be on display at the Forest Lawn Museum from January 29 to May 1. For free group tours, visitors can email [email protected] or call (323) 340-4782. Visitors can also view “Unveiling the Past: The Art & History of Forest Lawn,” which is on display at the Forest Lawn Museum through March 13. The Forest Lawn Museum is located at 1712 S Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91205. Admission and parking is free.