• David Eichholtz

Striated Line Paintings By John Mendelsohn Explore Illusory Depth With Vibrant and Shaded Colors



John Mendelsohn Tenebrae 3

2014 Acrylic and oil stick on canvas 40 x 28"

The Tenebrae series of striated line paintings by John Mendelsohn were created in 2014 with acrylic paint and oil stick. The nine paintings measure 40 x 28 inches each and explore both vibrant color and shaded passages to create the illusion of overlapping folds and dimensional depth across the compositions. These moody paintings evoke folds of yarn, deep crevices in draped textiles and topographical views of barren landscapes.

The title, Tenebrae, is a Latin word that means shade or shadow. It is also an Easter service where the candles in a church are extinguished sequentially leaving the church in darkness.

Mendelsohn commissioned Danny Rivera to write a poem describing his interpretations of the Tenebrae paintings, in which he wrote of "their earthiness, sense of flow, musical quality, and the undercurrent of human feeling. . .”



John Mendelsohn Tenebrae 2 2014 Acrylic and oil stick on canvas 40 x 28“

John Mendelsohn Tenebrae 4 2014 Acrylic and oil stick on canvas 40 x 28“

John Mendelsohn Tenebrae 6 2014 Acrylic and oil stick on canvas 40 x 28“

John Mendelsohn Tenebrae 8 2014 Acrylic and oil stick on canvas 40 x 28“ Installation Views:

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