OVERVIEWJAN 26 to MAR 16Solo Exhibition
- Solo Exhibition
Dates and Opening hoursJAN 26 to MAR 16, 2013
Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm
InformationThe exhibition will include sixteen drawings on paper all in black graphite on white grounds and eleven works on canvas in ink, graphite and acrylic. The show will also include a new series of five etchings. Mind Breath and Beat Drawings allows us to follow a thread in Mehretu’s working process from the intimate and spontaneous lexicon developed on paper as the foundation for larger works on canvas.
While Mehretu is perhaps best known for her monumental paintings that combine architectural maps and city plans, bridging abstraction and an investigation of globalization and identity, her practice has in fact been based from its earliest days in a rigorous exploration of drawing.
Together the works in this exhibition reveal a personal and unique language of spontaneous mark making that recalls a range of referents from the automatic drawing and writing of the Surrealists, Henri Michaux’s ‘Mescaline’ drawings as well as Chinese calligraphy. Mehretu relies equally on erasure, deletion as well as addition, to develop a unique construction on the page that foreshadows the complex spatial dimensions in her large paintings achieved by layering drawn and painted lines in clear acrylic.
“I am interested in the potential of ‘psychogeographies’. Which suggests that within an invisible and invented creative space, the individual can tap a resource of self-determination and resistance. […] This impulse is a major generating force in my drawing and my larger conceptual project as a painter.”
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