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Charline von Heyl, Works on Paper

Friedrich Petzel Gallery (535 West 22nd)
535 West 22nd Street, 212-680-9467
November 13 - December 15, 2007
Reception: Thursday, November 15, 6 - 8 PM
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Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works on paper by New York-based artist Charline von Heyl.

In her new series of works on paper, Charline von Heyl broadens her abstract lexicon through experimentations with printmaking techniques such as lithography, silkscreen and woodcut. Von Heyl is at play in the new works on paper, using the processes of printing as collage equal in parts to her use of paint and the brush. As these printing methods connote a paced tradition of technique, Von Heyl introduces a method of speed that upends the technical processes: creating jagged spider-like lines by using tape on woodblocks to per-chance placings of paper upon the silkscreen itself. Von Heyl then adds paint with jarring color – goldenrod yellow, electric blue, and fiery orange – disrupting the potential quiet of the primarily black-and-white works. The pure physicality of all these mediums creates a tension of stillness and speed, of noise and silence.

As a series, one can see a repetition of images, colors, and shapes throughout. Through this repetition, Von Heyl intentionally references the act of printing without creating an edition. As each piece has its own unique presence they also congeal as a distinct series. Moving and reflecting one another they amass into one large abstraction.

Charline von Heyl was born in Mainz, Germany and lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art and Vienna Secession. Von Heyl’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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