Karl Haendel: Organic Bedfellow, Feral Othello on View at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Karl Haendel: Organic Bedfellow, Feral Othello on View at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Starting today, art enthusiasts can view works by Los Angeles-based artist Karl Haendel at Chelsea’s Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery.

Haendel, who works in the mediums of drawing, installation and film, is best known for his photorealistic graphic drawings, which show images pulled from everyday life and media. The exhibition of his work, on view thru December 5, includes large pencil drawings placed in a monochromatic installation.

The show strives to examine people’s nature to evolve and transform against tendencies towards devolution. Geometric shapes tie together three groups of drawings, including: primates balancing atop modernist, geometric stacks; couples bending and stretching in yoga poses contained in shaped frames; and still life drawings of objects and symbols displayed on irregular polygonal bases. All works refer to various kinds of transformation—from primate to human, the transformation of the body through physical activity; and the opposing forces of nature and culture.

The exhibition also uses digital imagery taken from YouTube videos that document physical transformation.

The opening reception takes place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

Image credit: frame - Radcliffe (DY2), 2015, pencil on paper with shaped frame, 67.5 x 89.5".

 

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