Take a sneak peek into the production of Julie Mehretu’s 2021 print project Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
In the chromatic large-scale prints, Julie Mehretu combines photogravure with classic intaglio printing techniques. The base layers are distorted news images from recent anti-immigration protests. The media images are blurred to allow the subliminal forms, color and light from the photos to merge with the complex compositions of agitated gestures and erasures which Mehretu executed on copper plates in a variety of printing techniques.
The prints from ‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem’ testify to the shift in Mehretu’s painterly practice reflecting her preoccupation with modified digital imagery as well as her evolved mark-making.
Video production: Steven Tannenberg; Music: BremerMcCoy, ‘Ordet’
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Julie MehretuFirst Seal (R 6:1), 2020From the portfolio Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Julie MehretuSecond Seal (R 6:3), 2020From the portfolio Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Julie MehretuThird Seal (R 6:5), 2020From the portfolio Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Julie MehretuFourth Seal (R 6:7), 2020From the portfolio Slouching Towards Bethlehem