Julia Mangold – Untitled Drawings


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


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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