Charline von Heyl - Mädchen - 2017
Charline von Heyl’s edition for Texte zur Kunst is a linocut titled “Girl.” The motif is rendered by black contours on a bicolor background printed using the “rainbow” technique: the relatively aggressive pink of the upper third blends with the cerebral yellow rising from the bottom in a gradient of orange hues that aligns with the motif’s bipartite organization. Structured by the black lines of the linocut, the print’s bottom half shows a face head-on, the hair parted at the center of the picture, its symmetrical wavy lines extending out to the black frame. Reminiscent of both art-nouveau designs and psychedelia, von Heyl’s decorative line pattern doubles the incongruence between title and motif: von Heyl's “girl,” appearing here as lion.
Long an important benchmark in the discourse on painting in the pages of this journal, von Heyl’s art returns, with this edition, to printmaking — a form with which it is often associated. Yet, here, it is less the means of visual production that the communicative limits of image and word that are subject to strange metamorphotic displacement. In turn, von Heyl opens up a space of alternate interrelations and transferences of meaning: a new kind of girl power gazing at us with unblinking, possibly sinister eyes.
Medium: Linoleum cut printed on Somerset Satin Paper
Image size: 61 x 45.7 cm / 24 x 18 inches
Paper size: 76.2 x 55.9 cm / 30 x 22 inches
Edition: 100 + 20 A.P.
Numbered and signed on the front
Printed by Robert Swainston at Prints of Darkness, New York
Price: € 350.- plus shipping
Delivery in about 4 – 6 weeks.
Joe Bradley - Family - 2017
In an age of memes, when the digital feed all but forces the rapid-fire transfer of information, opinion, and semiotic meaning, the work of Joe Bradley presents a less frenetic visual order. Born in southern Maine and based in New York City since 2000, Bradley makes paintings and drawings that, like the drawl of a blues refrain, meld tragedy, dark comedy, and lightheartedness in a single emission. One can read this in the intense, often impasto regions of color that fill his large canvases. Joe Bradley’s is a mode that, at first glance, harkens back to Dubuffet or Guston; crude shapes resolving into familiar forms suggestive of funny, sometimes biting narrative.
For his contribution to Texte zur Kunst’s edition program, Joe Bradley has made a black-and-white silkscreen print, produced from his recent ongoing series of humanoid comic-drawings. Characteristic of the works he’s created in this ilk, “Family” (2017) channels the satiric tone of Philip K. Dick or R. Crumb. Here, strokes of black ink applied to a white page depict a ladder leading up to a high platform bed and a blanket laid across it covering various odd forms: two pairs of feet are easily detected before two more come to light, revealing a family sharing a bed, two kids all tucked in while the grown-ups beside them lay stacked one atop the other, making love.
Medium: Silkscreen on paper
Size: 48.3 × 61 cm / 19 x 24 inches
Edition: 80 + 20 A.P.
Numbered and signed on the back
Price: € 350.– plus shipping.
These limited edition prints are available at Texte zur Kunst