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Untitled (Stroke 4)
24” x 16”
Ed. of 20 + 4AP
Archival Giclée print, signed
First appearing in Jemison’s novella A Rock, A River, A Street, Untitled (Stroke 4) is characteristic of Jemison’s longstanding drawing practice, in which acrylic paint interacts with a clear film support. “I am thinking about marks and how they collect on a surface,” Jemison has written. “I have accumulated marks, and I believe that this accumulation is at once a drawing, a text, and an archive.”
Like the word “stroke”—which simultaneously evokes a blow (as in the whack of a weapon), a mark (as in the movement of a pen on the page), a caress (as in the light touch of a parent or a lover), and a clot or rupture (as in the brain injury caused by loss of blood flow to the brain)—the Stroke drawings are graphic, somatic, and intimate. Untitled (Stroke 4) is produced as an archival Giclée print on 100% cotton Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag in a limited edition of 20 + 4AP.
Steffani Jemison is known for her work at the intersection of language and movement, including video, installation, performance, drawing, and writing. Her work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Hirschorn Museum, among others; it is currently on view at the California African American Museum, the Stedelik Museum, and the Albright-Knox Museum. Jemison’s first novella A Rock, A River, A Street was described as “compulsively readable” by Publishers Weekly and “in a whole category of its own!” by an anonymous Amazon reviewer.
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