Paintings by Hirsch E.P. Rothko 2001 / Christopher K. Ho 2010
12 x 16 inches each
acrylic, color pencil, gouache, graphite, marble dust, oil, watercolor and wax on linen
Modest paintings on linen constitute one of three components of the 2010 New York solo show 'Regional Painting.' The paintings resulted from a yearlong move to the mountains in pursuit of regionalism—a kind of eddy or side guard adjacent to but coterminous with the mainstream. In its relative calm, absent the need for criticality and originality alike, intuitive painting emerged as a salutary alternative to conceptual, polemical art. Framed in walnut-stained maple, the paintings were exhibited on walls tinted gray-purple. The exhibition's other components include the sojourn itself and a paperback memoir tracing the paintings' conception.