James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present the US debut solo exhibition by German artist Helene Appel, opening on September 4th and running through October 4th, 2014.
Helene Appel chooses to paint things from everyday life, among them rumpled textiles, stitched thread, netting, puddles of liquid, piles of rice, plastic bags, floor-sweepings and small electrical components. She renders these domestic objects at actual size in a variety of media from watercolor to oil and encaustic on untreated canvas and burlap. These paintings of familiar things, realistically rendered, become suspended between illusion, gesture, figuration and abstraction.
In this exhibition, Appel shows the reach of her practice, anchored by three new series of works: plastic, fabric and meat. The plastic works are evanescent, painted with an economy of gesture, while the large fabric paintings are executed in watercolor that soaks into the rough burlap surface; the weave of the support interacts intensely with the texture of what is being depicted. The paintings of individual butcher cuts of meat, in a glossy impasto of oil and encaustic, make flesh a form of miniature portraiture.