In the galleries: Works of art emerge via waking up with a word in mind
By Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, May 21, 2021.
"As a painter, Robin Rose has often followed musical cues, naming his abstractions after songs that prompted them. He works in encaustic, a mix of pigment and hot wax that requires a quick hand and whose immediacy has “a sonic quality,” he told a recent visitor to Hemphill Artworks. Yet the veteran local artist’s new “19 Paintings” hatched from text."
Written by Claudia Rousseau for East City Art Reviews
"Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi’s richly colored abstract landscapes in acrylic and watercolor seem the absolute opposite of Rose’s apparently minimalist encaustics, but there are connections. The lyrical title of Ilchi’s show, Listen to the night as it makes itself hollow, and the poetry of the titles of each of her paintings enhance their equally poetic imagery. All painted in the past few months, they speak to each other in a voice that is tender, but aching with longing. Similarly, Rose’s 19 Paintings, all made between March 2020 and January 2021, were each inspired by a word that the artist woke up with in the middle of the night, as he explains in a video interview made in connection with this show"
Read, "Poetry and Word Pictures: Ilchi and Rose at Hemphill," here.
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi: Listen to the night as it makes itself hollow - Video
Created in conjunction with "Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi: Listen to the night as it makes itself hollow", on view at HEMPHILL April 1 - May 28, this video features an exclusive look at the artist's process and a selection of paintings included in the exhibition.