Julia Mangold – Untitled Drawings

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Julia Mangold, Untitled, pigment in wax on paper 18.5 x 14.5 inches, at Elizabeth Leach Gallery until May 31, 2014

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Julia Mangold’s drawings are beautiful, layered compositions created with pigment and wax on paper. Not surprisingly for an artist who is best known as a sculptor these drawings have a sculptural quality: they’re layered and they have a weight that belies their small scale. Some are utterly simple – just some bars of color on a white field that appears waxed – while others  use the same basic elements to build to more complex relationships of shape, color, and depth. As a large gathering the drawings look like a series of experiments with a restricted set of artistic ingredients. Perhaps they’re preliminary studies or perhaps they are ends in themselves. Regardless they reward close looking.

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