Wednesday, January 11, 2012

EARTH ~






Julie Speed






artwork & essay: Julie Speed
fiction: A.M. Homes
essay: Elizabeth Ferrer
university of texas press




This is an exceptional showcase on Julie Speed in wide bound book done with the utmost care for color, sizing, variation and rich dimensions.

It's enough already the comparisons of Speed to Bosch and the Old Masters, though true, and better just to sit for hours with wide book in lap and simply immerse and enjoy.

I've slipped out of the book some of the pleasures and am showing them below.

I don't know what the A.M. Homes short story is doing in the book, but it seems a great loss of space for further work of Speed paintings, or even Speed written text reflecting further on her work, methods and background. Whatever she wishes to share, I believe we would all listen.

Born in Chicago, east coast raised, Speed quit art school early and headed for Texas — first Austin and later Marfa — where she seems to keep an open studio for working, learning, and the occasional wandering and curious guest.





war bride






hive






warflowers #4






adrift






the artist's hand







spilt milk






setting the world on fire







evil twin






snakebit






apple tree






off the rocks






ad referendum, variation ix (jellyfish)







learn more : juliespeed.com




2 comments:

edith said...

Hi Bob,

I had never come across Julie Speed before - fantastic! I love her work - a mystical realism. I'm going to find out more.

Cheers, Edie

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Let us know what you find out, Edie.

A mystical realism falling presently right outside our doors (snow!)

all's well, Bob