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Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi (BFA 2006)
September 12, 2011
Gallery is pleased to announce Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi's (BFA 2006) "Perpetual Traveler" first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Perpetual Traveler will run from September 10th through October 22nd, 2011, with an opening reception on Saturday September 10th, from 6.00 to 8.00 pm.
Her paintings on Mylar depict pictorial essays on Iranian and American cultural identities. These paintings are a fusion of references from contemporary Iranian social and political imagery and the visual codes of Western abstraction. Ilchi composes imaginary scenes where cultural and sexual identities are given space to reveal questions and contradictions without canceling or denying the significance of multiple histories and cultural positions.
The duality of Ilchi's Eastern and Western experiences as an Iranian immigrant allows for visual and conceptual investigations that create corollaries for hybridized allegories. Ilchi's paintings are loaded with an artful energy as a result of the synthesis of the Western Abstract Expressionism techniques and concepts with the Eastern references drawn from the history of Persian miniature painting; ambiguous layers of meaning take on contradictory notions of abstraction and narrative within the same frame. These paintings appear to depict apparent narrative scenes, but closer analysis reveals a trace of peculiarities that draw from cultural and artistic traditions and conventions as a means of reframing those traditions.
Perpetual Traveler presents colorfully violent landscapes that allude to battles not just in a military sense, but a personal and cultural war at the same instant. References to the notions of displacement charges the face-less heroine to travel through the abstract landscapes while challenging gender and cultural boundaries.
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi was born in Tehran, Iran and is currently living and working in the Washington D.C. area. Ilchi received her MFA in Studio Art from the American University in 2011 and her BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006. She has received many awards including the 2010 research Travel Grant from the American university, the Babs Van Swearingen Award from American University in 2009, and the Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia Essay Prize in 2006. Ilchi has been an active participant both as an artist and educator in the Washington DC area. She has thought at the Corcoran College of Art+ Design and She has been teaching at the Arlington Arts Center since 2006. Ilchi's work has been exhibited in local galleries such as Irvine Contemporary, Katzen Art Center, and Civilian Art Projects. Her work is among a number of private collections in the Washington D.C. area. Ilchi's work was published in the New
American Paintings 87, MFA Annual in 2010. She is represented by Irvine Contemporary gallery in Washington D.C.
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