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Charline von Heyl’s ‘Snake Eyes’ at Deichtorhallen Hamburg

“The Giddy Road to Ruin,” (2015) Charline von Heyl, 157,5 x 137 cm, Acrylic on canvas (Acryl auf Leinwand),
(Cornelius Freiherr von Heyl, Bonn, Photo: © Butcher Walsh. Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Köln © Charline von Heyl)

An exhibition of works by New York-based German artist Charline von Heyl opens on June 22. “Snake Eyes” focuses on the artist’s oeuvre since 2005 and features around 60 of her artworks. The exhibition will run through September 23 at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany.

“One of today’s most inventive painters, artist Charline von Heyl has received international acclaim for her cerebral, yet deeply visceral artworks that upend conventional assumptions about composition, beauty, narrative, design, and artistic subjectivity,” the museum writes. The title of the show brings to mind the movements of a snake where the structures are complex and evolved and reveals the artist’s use of associations in her work. “Combining keen humor, a rigorous, process-based practice, and references to a broad array of sources including literature, pop culture, metaphysics, and personal histories, von Heyl creates paintings that are neither figurative nor abstract, but instead present in her words ‘a new image that stands for itself as fact,’” the museum adds.

The artworks on display are complex creations that are placed somewhere in between art history and modern visual language being simultaneously timeless and belonging to the present. The museum says, “a feeling of objectivity permeates von Heyl’s work as a kind of subversive text, creating a state of distance in all its lyrical and soulful condition. In this respect, the title of the exhibition indirectly refers to the artist’s eye as a highly specialized tool for observation, steadfast and unyielding, yet also playing with autonomous painting in poetic-satirical self reflection.”

Charline von Heyl (b. 1960) studied at the Hochschule fur bildende Kunste Hamburg and the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf and participated in the Cologne art scene in the 1980s. According to the museum, “von Heyl’s intriguing images unfold in an intricate, unpredictable interaction of layers. Highly influential within today’s painting discourse, her works are to be found in some of the most relevant international collections such as the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.” A finalist at the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, the artist has been awarded residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Chinati Foundation. She lives and works in New York City and Marfa, Texas.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Deichtorhallen Hamburg and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens.

“Snake Eyes” runs from June 22 through September 23, 2018, at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Deichtorstraße 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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