Published by Kerber. Text by Kirsty Bell, Gavin Delahunty. Foreword by Andrea Nixon, Francesco Manacorda, Ellen Seifermann.
New York-based artist Charline von Heyl’s (born 1960) abstract paintings, in which dynamic forms enfold graphic structures and dazzling colors encounter muted shades, vibrate with tension. Now or Else offers an in-depth view of her oeuvre, focusing on works from the mid-1990s and a selection of current works on paper.
Published by Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Preface by Claudia Gould. Text by Jenelle Porter. Interview by Kaja Silverman.
Charline von Heyl (born 1960) synthesizes elements of Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and the brasher imagery of popular culture in a fascinating brand of abstraction that seems eternally poised on the lip of figuration. Resolutely devoted to energetic gesture and joyous expression, von Heyl also aspires to create images that declare an enigmatic self-sufficiency: “What I’m trying to do is to create an image that has the iconic value of a sign but remains ambiguous in its meaning,” she told Bomb magazine in a 2010 interview. “Something that feels like a representation but isn’t.” In the spirit of von Heyl’s work, this volume--published for the artist’s first U.S. museum survey-- attempts to break free of the conventions of the museum catalogue, with an artist-designed cover and poster-sized reproductions of each of the 18 paintings included in the show.