LA-based artist Karl Haendel's workâ€”flirting with clichÃ©, irony, realism and art history, among other common art pitfallsâ€”makes the kind of work that evades easy categorization. His latest solo show at Anna Helwing Gallery is a collection of mostly pencil drawings of subjects that look both familiar and new, a trick that Haendel pulls off by his skillful manipulation and appropriation of his subjects.
Photo-realistic images, such as a whale jumping, a couple touching tongues and a sad-faced hobo clown, look pulled from magazines (and probably are) but the way the artist handles composition, scale and his medium avoid simple reproduction. Others, like a drawing that looks like a negative version of a Jill Greenberg "End Times" photos (above right) or "Abstract (Epson zoomie squares)," a dizzying op-art composition presumably made using a corporate graphic (above left), tweak source material in unexpectedly witty ways.
Karl Haendel: Last Fair Deal Gone Down
14 April-19 May 2007
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