Art Asia PacificOctober 1, 2001
Pouran Jinchi’s 2000 exhibition Pouran Jinchi: Recent Paintings at Art Projects International is reviewed by Jonathan Goodman in Art Asia Pacific, issue 32, 2001.
In a large untitled painting from 2000, inspired by a poem in Farsi, two groups of black calligraphic strokes rise up on the left and right sides of the painting, forming a U-shape as they drop down and then meet in the middle. In the centre is a pile of grey-shaped strokes, whose varying widths and curves are emphasized by the way the forms tumble against each other. In the upper centre of the painting a few strokes break free of the mass, their poetic isolation defining Jinchi’s principle here of contrasting the group with the individual. Jinchi works on several planes, juxtaposing pure form with real words in ways that not only define but also expand the imagery she creates.
– Jonathan Goodman