Karl Haendel

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil, ink, and Sharpie on paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm

About the work

My work revolves around the appropriation of visual signifiers and their re-contextualization through drawing. For me, the act of drawing symbolically aligns me with labour, while also invoking a basic human impulse to leave a mark and offering a physical system to reconsider accepted imagery. I often remove images and texts form their original contexts and reconfigure them through graphite, scale and juxtaposition into a new form of visual language. This drawing is one word in that language.

About the artist:

Born 1976 New York, Karl Haendel lives and works in Los Angeles. Graduated from BA at Brown University, Providence (2000); and MFA University of California, Los Angeles (2003).

Haendel’s practice is anchored in the production of large, labor-intensive pencil drawings which are presented in installation form. He uses the installations as a means to discover connections and affinities between seemingly disparate nodes of cultural data, drawing attention to the overlaps between the social, political, and personal. He also creates public projects, films, and artists’ books that explore these themes in a less object-based manner, allowing him to access contexts outside of the gallery and museum. His work explores how our culture uses images to produce opinions, values, and beliefs and how the images we produce reflexively re-shape these frameworks.

Selected solo exhibitions include Double Dominant, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles (2020); Doppelgänger, WENTRUP, Berlin (2018); The Competition Myth, Yvon Lambert, Paris (2013); High Performance Stiffened Structures, Locust Projects, Miami (2013); and Questions for My Father, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (2012). Selected group exhibitions include 100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York (2020); A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford and Drawing Room, London (2018); I who make mistakes on the eternal typewriter, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (2017); Biennial of The Americas, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2015); 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); and 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013).

Awards and residencies include the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2015); Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence (2011); and the Penny McCall Foundation Award, Durfee Foundation Grant (2004).

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