Exhibition Pouran Jinchi’s Ravaged Garden

Open to the Public


Location 19 Washington Square North

Drawing on diverse cultural sources from literature, history, and art, Pouran Jinchi has developed a visual vocabulary that inhabits the space between abstraction and calligraphy. Beginning with a sentence, a poem, or a book, Jinchi dismantles the text, ultimately disrupting visual perception. Inscription in her art becomes a visual apparatus beyond meaning. In these paintings, the effect is ethereal. Windswept, the words whirl together in dizzying fashion or scatter across the canvas like layers of fallen leaves on a garden floor. While Jinchi deliberately subsumes syntax, rendering the words illegible, the very essence of a poetic sensibility infuses her garden paintings. What emerges from Jinchi’s paintings in the “Ravaged Garden” exhibit is a layered sensibility. Some aspects of the work will forever remain obscure and hidden, while others become comprehensible at a universal level.

New York-based artist Pouran Jinchi was born in Iran in 1959. After receiving a degree in civil engineering from George Washington University, Jinchi pursued studies in art at UCLA and the Art Students League of New York. Her works are in collections such as The Metropolitan Museum (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), Farjam Collection (Dubai), and several major and international corporate collections. She’s held several solo exhibitions in New York, Dubai, Japan and other international art hubs. Her work has also been included in several group exhibitions in prominent venues such as Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, 2013); Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, 2012), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, 2010), and the Brooklyn Museum (New York, 2009).

Adapted from text provided by Shiva Balaghi, Ph.D.

Image: Entropy #17
Courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller Gallery, New York/Dubai