Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer
Julie Mehretu, ‘Struggling With Words That Count’, 2014-2016, carlier | gebauer

together with Jessica Rankin, 21 parts

About Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu’s work is about layers: the physical layering of images, marks, and mediums, and the figurative layering of time, space, place, and history. Working in a large scale, Mehretu draws on the 21st-century city for inspiration, transferring its energy into her gestural sweeps of paint and built-up marks in ink and pencil—often transposed from projections—and condensing seemingly infinite urban narratives, architectural views, and street plans into single unified compositions. “The narratives come together to create this overall picture that you see from the distance,” she says. “As you come close to it […] the big picture completely shatters and there are these numerous small narratives happening.” Mehretu layers a range of influences and art historical references as well, from the dynamism espoused by the Futurists, to the scale and physicality of Abstract Expressionism, to the divergent markmaking of Albrecht Dürer, Eastern calligraphy, and graffiti. Mehretu was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.

Ethiopian-American, b. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, based in New York, New York

About Jessica Rankin

Using embroidery and needlework on diaphanous panels of organdy, Jessica Rankin creates expansive maps of landscapes and the night sky dotted with codes, signs, and symbols that refer to the processes of memory, intuition, and interpretation. Though she states, “in many ways I think I’m a landscape artist,” Rankin’s work is not a naturalistic rendering of the vistas before her. Rather, mountain ranges, constellations, thermodynamic readings, lines of stream-of-consciousness text, and neurological signals morph, merge, and stretch across her embroideries, as well as her works on paper.

Australian, b. 1971