• 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

  • Installation view

  • 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.