Julie Mehretu


Myriads, Only By Dark, 2014, GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL, New York, 4-panel, multi-colored aquatint and spit bite, https://www.artsy.net/artwork/julie-mehretu-myriads-only-by-dark

The Ethiopian-American artist, Julie Mehretu, creates a 2D experience of time and space through the narrative maps she creates with her expressive mark making. One of her more recent body of work is the Myriads, Only By Dark series, which was displayed at the gallery Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, February 12th-March 28th 2015 in New York City. This work reflects an autobiographical sense for Mehretu through the layered gestural marks, as well as the juxtaposition of the four panels of the work. Although there are no figures or defined symbols that generally accompany a narrative, Mehretu rather suggests the narrative within the work through the process of layers that suggests a time and space that exists in the picture plane. In the artwork below, Myraids, Only By Dark 4, a sense of depth is created through the straight colored lines and the black mark making that is layered over it. Also the use of negative space to create an opening that reveals the background behind the foreground of marks gives a sense of space in the overall composition of this piece of art work.


Myriads, Only By Dark 4 (origin), 2014, GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL, New York, Multi-colored aquatint and spite bite on Hahnemühle Museum Etching 450, 84 3/10 × 49 1/2 × 2 3/10 in https://www.artsy.net/artwork/julie-mehretu-myriads-only-by-dark-4-origin

Below are some others works created by Julie Mehretu, which carry the same narratives of time and space in relation to Myriad, Only By Dark.

, 2012, 1-color etching, with chine-colle, GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL, New York, 12 X 14 in., https://www.artsy.net/artwork/julie-mehretu-haka

, 2013, “The Inaugural Installation” at The Board, Los Angeles, Ink and acrylic on canvas, 120 × 288 in, https://www.artsy.net/artwork/julie-mehretu-cairo

The Mathematics of Droves
, 2014,Ink and acrylic on canvas, 72 × 84 in, © the artist Photo: Jason Mandell,  White Cube, https://www.artsy.net/artwork/julie-mehretu-the-mathematics-of-droves


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