|From Conscious Space, 2009|
In the middle of the gallery, Hana Hillerova’s work literally stood out. Taller than me, the apparently white and silver structures demanded attention. Although geometric, I can’t help but feel they held a quite organic presence. Perhaps I could relate the math to nature because math must obey laws of nature which we see visually everyday in ordinary places, but do not necessarily recognize or label. Furthermore, the claim on Texas State University’s website that the work could be related to Euclidian geometry is quite true. The work consists of four fundamental qualities of Euclid’s teachings: point, straight light, plane, and space. Three of which (point, straight line and space) can be easily seen in Hana Hillerova’s work.
I very much appreciated the material of Hillerova’s untitled work, which at first looked like extremely shiny steel, until I realized it was mirror, which is why it reflected so beautifully. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the light really reflected off the sculpture like it does in the photo below from another show, as the room was well lit and didn’t allow much shadow.
|Untitled (from Angel Crystals), steel and mirror, 2008|
I had previously seen Rosemarin’s work on a screen from a projector and I thought, “So what? Big deal.” Seeing her work in person changed my mind. The work was so incredibly vibrant and shiny—the screen did not do it justice. The work was so easy to look at, so pleasing to the eyes that I instantly thought and felt happy. I’ve never had such a quick and postive reaction to art before. Perhaps because I have not been to many shows and something about seeing a piece before me, as opposed to on a picture, really makes it come to life.
|Spectrum #10, acrylic on canvas, 66"x66", 2008|
My favorite pieces of Rosemarin’s were: yellow green—which reminded me of spring, yellow red—which made me think of Starburst Reds, and Spectrum 10. Everything I saw I wanted to turn into some type of textile: clothes, napkins, a table cloth. Then I was reminded of how she worked in a clothing store for years. Coincidence? Perhaps this it too much information, but I’d beg Chris March to make me a fabulous dress out of one of Rosemarin’s patterns. Too bad I’m a poor college student.
|Yellow-Green, acrylic on canvas, 20"x20", 2008|