Jessica Rankin

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (photo: Rik Vannevel) © Julie Mehretu / Jessica Rankin

Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin News

On view until June 12, the Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum in Belgium presents EARTHFOLD, a joint exhibition of work by Jessica Rankin and Julie Mehretu. As described on the museum’s website, “In their work, both Julie Mehretu (b.1970) and Jessica Rankin (b.1971) play with the boundaries of abstract art and the momentum that occurs when lines, colours and surfaces come to depict, once again, a reality or an experience. While Mehretu primarily uses the metropolitan dynamic, Rankin reworks, among others, the typical compositions of geographical and astronomical maps into lively organisms. Both artists also play with different materials and various forms of composition and texture, which leads to very different outcomes.”  View the museum’s exhibition webpage here.

Image Permissions: EARTHFOLD, 10.04 – 12.06.2016, Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (photo: Rik Vannevel)
© Julie Mehretu / Jessica Rankin

Artworks in the photo, from left to right:

Jessica Rankin, The Great Other, 2016, courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin
Jessica Rankin, Let the Awful Shade Stop Rising, 2014, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York
Julie Mehretu, Invisible Sun (algorithm 7, spell form), 2015, courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Jessica Rankin lives and works in New York. She has a MFA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Rankin has had residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY; and 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne. She has had solo shows at The Project, New York; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; and White Cube, London. She has also participated in group exhibitions at carlier | gebauer, Berlin; Artists Space, New York; Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York; Kerry Inman Gallery, Houston; Caren Golden Fine Arts, New York; Spencer  Brownstone Gallery, New York; and First Floor Gallery, Melbourne.


To learn more about Jessica Rankin and her artwork, watch this segment from Art21.

Mehretu was born in Ethiopia and raised in the United States. She is an MFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has studied at the Core Artists in Residence Program in Houston, Texas. She was a 2002–2003 artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center, where she worked with East African high schoolers on a multimedia project, and had a summer 2003 exhibition of nine commissioned paintings in Gallery 7. Mehretu’s work was also part of the 2001 Walker exhibit Painting at the Edge of the World. More recently, her paintings and drawings been shown in London, Korea, and Lithuania, and have been included in several exhibitions in her current hometown of New York City (including Drawing Now: Eight Propositions at the Museum on Modern Art in Queens, (2002).