Charline von Heyl
After Zenge

 2017, handwoven Tibetan wool and linen, (150 knots/inch), 108 x 90 inches, edition of 20 +3APs


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Charline von Heyl is a contemporary painter known for her dynamic and often enigmatic works. Von Heyl’s oeuvre is inspired by folk-art, popular culture, and art-historical references. “My paintings usually hide their traces and their own history,” she has said of her work. “They have weird shifts where you don’t expect them, and at their best, they will have an auratic presence despite themselves. It’s not about mystifying anything; it’s about lengthening the time of pleasure. Or torture.” 

The images are built on top of a background already activated by the visual energy of patterns, the tension of line and shape and the alchemy of unusual materials . “There is never a direct link to found material at the beginning. Once I recognize a resemblance to stuff I have been looking at I might swing with it further, but not as a quotation or even a reference. Input goes through a labyrinth of associations and mutations before it appears on the canvas … where it gets further subjected to the rules and riddles of action and instinct”   

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Charline von Heyl studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and the Kunst-Akademie Düsseldorf. She lives and works in New York and Marfa, Texas. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at The Tate, Liverpool; Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Nurnberg; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; ICA Philadelphia; ICA Boston; Le Consortium, Dijon; the Dallas Museum of Art and in the Vienna Secession. Von Heyl’s works reside in the collections of the Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; among many others. 

Von Heyl is represented by Petzel Gallery in New York, Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne, and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.


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