As a means of expanding Co-Lab Project's programming into the digital realm, artist/curator Vladimir Mejia selects artists to participate in an Instagram hosted month-long residency. Artists are given full control of the @colabprojectsbitres Instagram account, and all images posted by the artist are categorized by hashtags representing the artist name in residency. Original concept by Sean Ripple.


Julia Betts #bitresBet

My work veers toward the intersection of sculpture, performance, and installation; and is defined by a series of radically disparate multimedia projects unified by their intentional unpredictability, use of unstable materials, and orchestration of situations in which my body and/or a constructed space are subjected to various hazards and forces of disorder. With each piece, my intent—although never completely pre-determined—is to push a range of materials to the limits of their utility, while placing myself in precarious circumstances that simultaneously function as metaphors of emotional/psychic vulnerability and pure demonstrations of intentional disarray. Generally, I make a mess—but it’s a purposeful, highly textured mess.

Julia Betts (b. 1991) is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Betts graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA and, in 2017, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Sculpture. At both institutions, she was recognized with a multitude of awards and fellowships. Betts has exhibited in numerous solo shows at Second Sight Studio (Columbus, OH), and Unsmoke Systems (Pittsburgh, PA). In addition, she completed artist-in-residence programs at Second Sight Studio (OH) and Bunker Projects (PA). She has also participated in group exhibitions in NYC at Microscope Gallery, Re:art Show, Flux Factory, and Viridian Artists. In 2019, she will participate in residencies at Montgomery College (Rockville, MD) and at Pilotenkuche (Leipzig, Germany). At Montgomery College, she will instruct the student body in tandem to working on her artwork in a provided studio. At Pilotenkuchen, she will become part of an international roster of artists, create work in a provided studio, and, ultimately, display the work in a final exhibition.