Julie Mehretu

‘Julie Mehretu makes large-scale, gestural paintings that are built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas overlaid with mark-making using pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint. Mehretu’s work conveys a layering and compression of time, space and place’. White Cube Gallery.

The built up layers of marks in Mehretus work is really intriguing, it hard to know where to look but you are always discovering new things the more time you spend looking at them and when you look at it from different perspectives.

‘Her paintings present a tornado of visual incident where gridded cities become fluid and flattened, like many layers of urban graffiti. Mehretu has described her rich canvases as “story maps of no location”.’ White cube Gallery.

  • story maps of no location
  • compression of time
  • marking time
  • architectural features- columns, geographical schema such as charts, building plans and city maps and architectural renderings all stored in one painting.
  • storing and containing all that information in one painting-layered up over each other

With my own work I am trying to convey time and place which is stored/contained in my work, a mass amount of information layered over each other where the viewer has to spend time really looking at the work to see every layer and aspect of it.

  • marking time
  • journey of the work

Her work remind me a lot of Emma McNally’s drawing who looked at aerial views of cities and airports.

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