Parrasch Heijnen presents Phosphenes, the gallery’s first exhibition with Providence, RI-based artist Tala Worrell (b. 1991, New York, NY). The exhibition runs through July 22, 2023.

Phosphenes at Parrasch Heijnen

Artwork by Tala Worrell; courtesy of Parrasch Heijnen and the artist

About Phosphenes at Parrasch Heijnen

In a sensual experience of paint, Worrell, who is Lebanese American and was raised in Abu Dhabi, melds the graphic in a linguistic interplay with expression. In addition, the language surrounding the artist’s figuration relays a constellation of meaning derived from a central point. Confined within the boundaries of the canvas, Worrell’s paintings relay the interconnectivity of shape and gesture as a visual expression of emotion.

Worrell’s work harmonizes disparate parts as a cohesive whole in multi-sensory compositions. While she paints, Worrell revolves around the canvas using the inertia of her motion in centrifugal force. Therefore the paintings evolve in an outward expansion with varying degrees of control. Each surface ripples and coagulates, as the plane continues to move and solidify. In an active process, the image makes itself in the moment, where the extended dry times are as much a part of their creation as the artist’s intervention. In the large-scale work, Balanced Load (2023), pools of billowing forms – henna reds, grays, blacks, and violets – cascade along the right and left perimeters of the image, surrounding a vertical field of lighter-toned shapes from which drips descend in synchronized gestures.

About Tala Worrell

Tala Worrell (b. 1991, New York, NY) earned a B.A. from Brown University (Providence, RI) in 2014.  In 2014-15, she was a Fellow at the ten-month-long Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program (Beirut, Lebanon) where she worked with resident professors Kader Attia, Walid Raad, and Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, among others; in 2015-16, she was also the recipient of a nine-month-long Emerging Artists Fellowship at the Salama bint Hamdan Foundation (Abu Dhabi, UAE) established in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design; and an Artist-in-Residence at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation in 2020.

Worrell worked as a researcher and painting assistant for painter and filmmaker Sarah Morris from 2014-19. Worrell then returned to Providence, RI in 2020 and earned an M.F.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2022. Worrell’s works have been exhibited at Beirut Art Center (Lebanon), Warehouse 421 (Abu Dhabi, UAE), and Franklin Parrasch Gallery (New York, NY). Worrell lives and works in Rhode Island, and teaches at Brown University. Tala Worrell is represented by Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York.

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On view: June 10, 2023 – July 22, 2023

What: Phosphenes, Tala Worrell
Where: Parrasch Heijnen, 1326 South Boyle Avenue, LA, 90023
When: Runs thru July 22, 2023