"I love combining things that don't want to go together until they make a new image." - Charline von Heyl to Diane Solway, 2013.
I had managed to miss the paintings of Charline von Heyl even though the German artist has lived in the United states for more than two decades and works at two studios, one in Brooklyn and another in Marfa, Texas. Her style, if you try to pin it down, contains elements of collage, drawing, and painting. Dynamism is what all her works have in common. Von Heyl is one of several current Abstract Expressionist painters who have burst the cool confines of its originators in favor of a more eclectic vision that might not have happened without the high spirits of Pop Art. It's a bit like Hegel's dictum - thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
So, although I have no idea what von Heyl was thinking when she created Howl last year, I know what I thought when I looked at it. And maybe you will look at this and have similar thoughts. Let a thousand interpretations bloom!
To read more about Charline von Heyl, visit Artnews.
Image: Charline von Heyl, Howl, 2015, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.