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Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Charline von Heyl. The exhibition will be comprised of new paintings and a large installation of works on paper.

Charline von Heyl maintains a high level of analytic control in all her abstract paintings. She develops each canvas separately, following an individual visual logic that differentiates between line drawing, taping, surface structure and velocity. Most importantly, each canvas amplifies a particular dynamic, a result of conditions that von Heyl sets up in her studio. In some of her most recent paintings, she applied duct tape to the canvas before she began working with paint and oil stick. The rigidity of these resulting lines interrupts the visual flow that she had successfully explored. This methodology requires von Heyl to utilize a different approach to activate her latest paintings and give them a new sense of coherence. Essentially, her abstract paintings seem more like "pictures of abstractions" than expressive modes or emotional outpourings.

Also included in the exhibition are a series of black and white works on paper (photocopy, collage, and ink), which are equal in their visual impact to her paintings and offer insight into the underlying structure of her paintings.

Charline von Heyl was born in Mainz, Germany and now lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and abroad and most recently in solo shows at the Dallas Museum of Art and Vienna Secession.


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Charline von Heyl