Comments on: Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-172185 Sun, 02 Jun 2013 18:49:09 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-172185 Just bought a Post-Colonial paint set. Was Alizarin Crimson and now its obtained a hybrid identity it’s?….On the Post-Modern palette? Deliberately unresolved to represent the unresolved, chaos to represent chaos, Robin. Wow. I’ve just spilled some coffee on the floor in ecstasy at this new concept.Eureka! If you do a spidery sketch of a figure it means the artist is a spidery sketch of a human being and if part of it is rubbed out, this represents a faded memory. Yeah, a memory rubbed out by a putty rubber :-).

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-169823 Wed, 29 May 2013 13:57:20 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-169823 A lexicon! Must mean abstract art is a language after all.

Or maybe it’s a recipe, and these are the ingredients. A dash of grid with a soupcon of gesture… Ah, I see now, it’s a formula.

Having actually been to see this show (well it is just across the road) I can only say that it is a formula not to my taste. I got nothing visual, only bafflement – is that the idea?

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By: Luke Elwes http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-169720 Wed, 29 May 2013 09:07:24 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-169720 Sometimes resolution is the intention, at other times not.

I see her use of grids and gestural markings (two common elements in the abstract lexicon) as deliberately unresolved, in the way that our relation to the virtual world they seek to address is unresolved. This is not an issue that (pre-digital) abstract painting had to deal with. Depending on where you stand in relation to postmodernism (itself an unstable concept), you might see this as extending the terms of modern abstraction or as simply appropriating and replicating its various forms.
The artist’s statement you quote from refers to another more readily accessible facet of postmodernism: the post-colonial world of complex interactions and hybrid identities (Mehretu herself was born in Addis Ababa and lives in New York).

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-168080 Sun, 26 May 2013 16:35:21 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-168080 …I’d like to qualify my comment on this work. I haven’t seen these works in the flesh, they may be enjoyable to look at. The conclusion:
“Her space (or non-space) is deliberately problematic: inherently un-resolvable and visually unstable. Whether or not we choose (depending on our chosen terms of reference) to regard this as extending, subverting or simply playing with notions of abstraction, it represents the future – or, perhaps more accurately, the present version of the future.”
To the human cognition, abstract art always was un-resolvable, creating the unresolvable is easy and ubiquitous, how is her work extending that? How is it subverting it?
Artist statement: “I am interested in the multi-faceted layer’s of place,space and time, that impact the formation of personal and communal identity” Prey to God it doesn’t look like her paintings or that community is in for trouble. Still, nothing wrong with having fantasies whilst making art.:-)

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-165626 Wed, 22 May 2013 17:11:29 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-165626 My comment is a reply to you, but I pressed the wrong reply button.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-165625 Wed, 22 May 2013 17:10:33 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-165625 I see, but it’s hard to see that from the illustrations, some close up pics would help. Seems like art of this type is attempting to put an image to something that doesn’t necessarily have one, like all the cognitive activity around an article on the web. If one could just see all the electricity cables in the world it would look like….or the ‘information highway”. Such art is presumed to be contemporary, but really it’s basically Pollock re-vamped and re-branded for the contemporary market. Pictures are already information-like anyway, for being 2D data, they don’t have to look ‘information-like’ i.e. lots of wispy strands to represent a network.

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By: Luke Elwes http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-165409 Wed, 22 May 2013 10:09:27 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-165409 …maybe too strong in the literal sense Peter.
I meant to convey what happens in front of the pictures, where surface areas are either erased entirely or reduced to a ghostly trace. The remaining lines lack material presence and appear to be disconnected from the ground of the canvas – in the same way that lines generated on a white screen have no physical quality.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/julie-mehretu-liminal-squared/#comment-164748 Tue, 21 May 2013 15:58:25 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6981#comment-164748 De-materialized surfaces?

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