Philip Hanson I am a child of the Light, student of the Dark

March 21, 2014 - April 19, 2014

Main Gallery

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Philip Hanson


There’s a certain slant of light (Dickinson)
2013
oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Installation view

Philip Hanson

Sonnet 18 (Shakespeare)
2013
oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Philip Hanson

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes (Shakespeare)
2012-14
oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Installation view

Philip Hanson

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (Dickinson)(Zurbarán)
2013
oil on canvas
64 x 45 inches

Installation view

Installation view

Philip Hanson

He who binds to himself a joy (Blake)
2014
oil on canvas
50 x 42 inches

Philip Hanson

I’m nobody! Who are you? (Dickinson)
2014
oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Installation view

Philip Hanson

There’s a certain slant of light (Dickinson)
2013-14
oil on canvas
49 x 42 1/4 inches

Philip Hanson

After great pain (Dickinson)
2011-14
oil on canvas
50 x 46 inches

Installation view

Installation view

Philip Hanson

After great pain (Dickinson)
2013
oil on canvas
33 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches

Philip Hanson

I reckon when I count at all (Dickinson)
2014
oil on canvas
41 x 41 inches

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Philip Hanson

A Divine Image: Turquoise Beads (Blake)
2013
oil on canvas
28 x 28 inches

Philip Hanson

There’s a certain slant of light (Dickinson)
2013-14
oil on canvas
42 x 36 inches

Installation view

Philip Hanson

Perfection
2013
oil on canvas
16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Installation view

Installation view





Press Release

With great pleasure, Corbett vs. Dempsey presents I am a child of the Light, student of the Dark , an exhibition of new paintings by Philip Hanson.  This is Hanson’s fourth solo show at Corbett vs. Dempsey.

For four decades, Philip Hanson has been one of the most doggedly independent artists in Chicago.  Although he was a member of the 1960s Imagist exhibition groups – specifically the False Image, together with Christina Ramberg and Roger Brown – Hanson has charted an original path that diverged markedly from his Imagist roots.  Always deeply involved in color harmony (and dissonance) and having refined an ability to organize a staggering amount of visual information by means of layered space and intricate bannering, Hanson has established a unique approach to the setting of text, recasting poetry by Blake, Dickinson, and Shakespeare as stunning wordscapes.  The most recent body of work, some of which will be presented at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, achieves a new luminosity, as the nod at American Transcendentalism, as the Corbett vs. Dempsey show’s title suggests.  Concentrating on large and medium scale paintings, with a few smaller diamond-format pieces, Hanson’s jewel-like work is unprecedented and quite unlike anything in contemporary painting. I am a child of the Light, student of the Dark is accompanied by a 44-page, full-color catalog with an essay by curator Michael Rooks.