Tag Archive | Calligraphy

Modern Art Monday Presents: Ad Reinhardt, Number 22

Ad Reinhardt Number 22
Photos By Gail

Ad Reinhardt (19131967)  studied both Eastern and Western art history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He deepened his understanding of Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies by attending the lectures of Zen teacher Daisetz Suzuki at Columbia University. Number 22 (1949) shows Reinhardt fusing Eastern and Western traditions by using calligraphic brushwork inspired by Chinese and Japanese calligraphy in a gridded composition influenced by those of de Stijl cofounder Piet Mondrian.

Ad Reinhardt Number 22 Detail
Number 22, Detail

In classical East Asian painting, the fragility of paper wet with ink limits the artist’s ability to rework the composition. The sturdier canvas support and slower-drying oil paints used throughout much of the history of Western painting allows artists to highlight various revision and layering techniques. Although he worked in oil on canvas, Reinhardt chose to restrain himself and not rework his painting’s surface, in keeping with Asian calligraphic traditions. The result is a far more controlled manner of gestural painting than those of the Abstract Expressionists.

Photographed in the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

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Leila Heller Gallery Presents: Pouran Jinchi, Black & Blue

Hanged Series

Hanged Series, 2015 (All Photos By Gail)

Leila Heller Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of recent works by Persian artist Pouran Jinchi. Drawing on diverse cultural sources including literature, history, Folk art and religion, Jinchi has developed a visual vocabulary that inhabits the space between abstraction and calligraphy.

Stitched
Stitched

Working in a realm that is defined by the overlapping fields of painting, sculpture, drawing, and writing, her art practice entails a conversation between the materials she uses and he subjects she addresses. Inscription in her art becomes a visual apparatus beyond meaning. Jinchi produces textual landscapes that are recognizable yet illegible.

Left: Sores 3: Right Bruised 1
Left: Sores 3, Right: Bruised 1

Jinchi’s new body of work is an artistic response to pervasive social and political violence. Revisiting Sadegh Hedayat’s modernist classic, The Blind Owl, Jinchi explores the universal tropes of pain and violence threaded throughout the novel. One particular passage Is explored repeatedly across various mediums

“I write only for my shadow, which is cast on the wall in front of the light. I Must introduce myself to it.”

Slashed
Slashed

Jinchi dismantles the text, drawing fragments of the letters onto patches of paper That are then stitched together with copper thread into quilts. She paints the sentence onto raw canvases where the characters evoke a battlefield strewn with the wounded.

Hanged Series Detail
Hanged Series Detail

Each line of the first page of the book is rendered into sculptural form; the artist painstakingly cuts each letter from a sheet of copper, forming it into abstract shapes by hand, and stringing it onto a chain fabricated from copper safety pins.

Hacked
Hacked

Hedayat’s text is compulsively altered, distorted and reassembled into artworks that are intricate, ornate and vibrant. Jinchi draws her palate from the colors of a bruise as it heals — blue, fuschia, red, purple, and black. By making utterly beautiful pieces in rich hues to represent pain and violence, she disrupts visual perception. Only by looking beyond the surface, can one see the complex interrelations between divergent elements across the exhibit.

Wound
Wound

Pouran Jinchi’s Black & Blue will be on exhibit through October 24th, 2015 at Leila Heller Gallery, Located at 568 West 25th Street (Corner of 11th Avenue) in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Pouran Jinchi Signage

Zheng Lu’s Water Dripping – Splashing at Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Sculpture by Zheng Lu
Water Dripping – Splashing By Zheng Lu (All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge)

The gravity-defying sculpture works of Zheng Lu are deeply influenced by his study of traditional Chinese calligraphy, an art form he practiced growing up in a literary family. Zheng Lu uses language as a pictorial element, inscribing the surface of his stainless-steel sculptures with thousands of Chinese characters derived from texts and poems of historical significance.

Sculpture by Zheng Lu Detail

To create his metal sculptures, Zheng Lu begins with a plaster base. He then laser-cuts character into metal, and in a fashion similar to linking chainmail, the pictographs are connected and heated so that they can be shaped to the support. The resulting works are technically astonishing: their fluid, animated forms are charged with the energy (qi) of the universe, belying their steel composite.

Sculpture by Zheng Lu Detail 1

Zheng Lu was born in Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, China in 1978. He lives and works in Beijing.

Sculpture by Zheng Lu Detail 2

Zheng Lu’s Water Dripping – Splashing is part of the Bright Eye of the Universe Exhibit and will be up Through October 10th, 2015 at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Located at 547 West 27th Street, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Zheng Lu Signage

Leila Heller Gallery Presents Calligraffiti 1984 / 2013

Art by el Seed
Art By el Seed, All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I were in the thick of an exhausting Art Crawl last Saturday, trying to catch up on dozens of exhibits whose opening receptions we weren’t able to hit on September 12th — the official kick off to the NY Art Scene’s Fall/Winter Season — when we were drawn into the Leila Heller Gallery by the colorful graphic mural by Tunisian artist el Seed wrapping the gallery’s windows from 25th Street around the corner and down 11th Avenue.

La2's Keith Hering Graffiti Room
La2’s Homage to Keith Haring Graffiti Room

I really enjoyed this exhibit, which has close to a hundred pieces by dozens of contributing artists. Read the press release for more information at This Link. I’m just going to post photos I took of a few of my favorite pieces without much further commentary, if any.
Fame by Nir Hod
Fame by Nir Hod

LEILA PAZOOKI  This Is Not Green
This Is Not Green by Leila Pazooki

HOSSEIN ZENDEROUDI  Untitled
Untitled work by Hossein Zenderoudi

Rob Wynne  Appear!
Appear! by Rob Wynne

Group Wall Shot
Group Wall Shot with Pierre Soulages and Lee Krasner, Top Row from Right

Bowery and Broadway Subway Signs By Keith Haring
Bowery and Broadway Subway Signs By Keith Haring

Keith Haring Self Portrait
Keith Haring Self Portrait

Calligraffiti will be on Exhibit through October 5th, 2013, at Leila Heller Gallery, Located at 568 West 25th Street (at 11th Avenue) New York, NY 10001.