Speed: Art, 2003-2009

Overview

American artist Julie Speed has attracted an enthusiastic following for her paintings, collages, constructions, and drawings that use a skewed form of realism to open vistas into psychologically complete, yet contradictory worlds vacillating between the ominous and the hilarious. Painted or crafted with the meticulous attention to detail of an Old Master, Speed's works show an ultramodern awareness through sly references to current events, enigmatic elements that introduce unresolved and unresolvable threats and ...

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Overview

American artist Julie Speed has attracted an enthusiastic following for her paintings, collages, constructions, and drawings that use a skewed form of realism to open vistas into psychologically complete, yet contradictory worlds vacillating between the ominous and the hilarious. Painted or crafted with the meticulous attention to detail of an Old Master, Speed's works show an ultramodern awareness through sly references to current events, enigmatic elements that introduce unresolved and unresolvable threats and anxieties, and an ironic, even black, sense of humor.

This book presents work created by Julie Speed since 2003. In series such as The Murder of Kasimir Malevich, Bible Studies, and Still Life with Suicide Bomber, Speed refers to "real things—whether to events in her own life or to those taking place in some distant part of the world—but filtered through a mind that is unusually keen and imaginative, and that is preoccupied by a desire to make sense of the absurdities that permeate the contemporary condition," according to Elizabeth Ferrer. Joining Speed in a creative collaboration of artist and writer is acclaimed author A. M. Homes. Her short story "Do You Hear What I Hear?", written in response to Speed's recent work, shows a similar affinity for the anomalous in telling the story of a mysterious phone call being investigated by the Phenomena Police. Completing the volume is an essay by art historian Elizabeth Ferrer, who provides both philosophical and art historical context for Speed's self-taught painting style, and an artist's statement by Speed, who describes her creative process and the complex ways in which representation and geometric abstraction interact in the composition of her work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292719941
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Chicago and raised mostly on the East Coast, JULIE SPEED dropped out of art school early. After a period of travel and intermittent employment (as a house painter, horse trainer, waitress, stock girl, farmworker, etc.), she landed in Austin in 1978. Since then she has devoted herself full-time to working in her studio and teaching herself to paint. In her words, “I keep hours just like a real job, only longer, and in my spare time I read books, drink tequila, garden, and drive around West Texas.” In 2006 she decided that just driving around West Texas wasn’t enough, so she moved from Austin to Marfa, where she has a studio downtown.

Renowned for her novels, short stories, and recent memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, A. M. HOMES is also a respected arts writer and regular contributor to Art Forum, Art Review, and Modern Painter.

ELIZABETH FERRER, a curator and writer specializing in Mexican and Latino art and photography, is Director of Visual Arts at BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

The Moral Painter: The Art of Julie Speed, by Elizabeth Ferrer
Do You Hear What I Hear? by A.M. Homes
Tracking, by Julie Speed
Plates
List of Works
Exhibitions 2003-2008
Publications and Media 2003-2008
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