The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Jack Hanley Gallery's first solo exhibition of paintings by Heidi Hahn opens in New York
The artist's Bent Idle series identifies most closely within the traditional practice of figurative painting.


NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Hanley Gallery presenting Bent Idle, the gallery’s first solo exhibition of paintings by Heidi Hahn. The artist's Bent Idle series identifies most closely within the traditional practice of figurative painting. The artist’s sumptuous application of paint and seductive layered surfaces draw the viewer into a psychologically intense narrative, in conversation with this tradition, which unfolds across the paintings presented. The works engage the psychological realm of attachment to the female body and how that’s processed through both a traditional and a contemporary reading, as the many reclining, sitting or lounging female figures relate distantly to any number of female portraits (often reclining female nudes) painted throughout history.

Hahn’s inquiry is directed toward an attachment to narrative-figurative painting, and especially it’s complicated relationship with the female body. The cast of characters in Bent Idle confronts the viewer with a fuck you to the male gaze. In several works the characters have hidden their faces, and in all instances where the face is present, it is structured with a simplified and cartoon-like, ‘happy’ or ‘sad-face’ obfuscation or mask. The structure of these female forms is further explored through Hahn’s painting style. The central figures are energized by the flat exterior, which compresses the female characters to seem kinetic in the still format and explosive in their enveloping flatness.

As the figure is simultaneously well-defined through this painting style and made opaque by its treatment, the characters become inextricable from decoration or masquerade. Furthermore, in four of these paintings, What I Meant to Say is Not For You, Spare Me, Believe in all at Once, Maybe Later and Orange You Glad, parts of the female form (by way of color stretched over the canvas) literally dissipate into or include the information from the background painting, becoming the texture of the background in and of themselves. For as much as these works are about narrative, they are equally concerned with the technical side of painting; color as shape, line as signifier. The forms themselves are created through the overpainting and flattening of the background in solid colors and their dueling properties oscillate fluidly between narrative and abstract paintings.

Hahn equates the psycho-physical experience of these characters to a borrowed remorse or disillusionment with the reality of life, and perhaps sexual maturity, as opposed to the carefree attitude of youth, and especially the complex notion or understanding of what it means to be female over the expanse of time. This engagement comes from both a personal or subjective perspective/experience and the well-documented conundrum with universal tropes of the portrayal of the female body through art over time, where empowerment is still laid bare in sexual states of undress.

Heidi Hahn (b.1982) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent exhibitions include Friend of the Devil at Jack Hanley Gallery, Immediate Female at Judith Charles Gallery, A Thing of Beauty at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, New Paintings By at Jack Hanley Gallery and Shadows from Other Places at Premier Regard in Paris. Hahn received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Cooper Union in 2006, and her Master's degree from Yale University in 2014. Hahn has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Headlands Center for the Arts among others.





Today's News

February 14, 2016

Miami's Cultural Champion Award 2016 presented by Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust honors Ruth Shack

SCAD exhibits the seventh and final project of Alec Soth’s ongoing "Dispatch" series

Monumental and small-scale indoor and outdoor sculptures by George Rickey on view at Marlborough Gallery

National Museum of Australia acquires silver medallist Peter Norman Olympic singlet

Whyte's announces Irish & International Art auction to take place 27-29 February

"Bentu: Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation" on view at Fondation Louis Vuitton

LA Louver announces the passing of artist and teacher Charles Garabedian at the age of 92

Largest exhibition of Cuban art shown in the U.S. in more than 70 years on view in Tallahassee

Cincinnati Art Museum showcases "The Etching Revival from Daubigny to Twachtman"

"Early Adopters: The Social Media Prototypes of Daumier and Warhol" now on view at the Zimmerli

Jack Hanley Gallery's first solo exhibition of paintings by Heidi Hahn opens in New York

Father and son 'Miracle on Ice' USA Hockey Olympic gold medals cross the auction block together

The San Diego Museum of Art introduces public art to heart of Balboa Park

Pentimenti Gallery presents Mark Khaisman: Magnetic Fields, the artist's third solo exhibition at the gallery

Turner Prize winning artist seeks entrants - 'A View Of The World From Your Window'

The California African American Museum announces its newest exhibition, "Evolution of the Revolution"

H&H one of only five auction houses to sell a car for more than $10M brings two special cars to London

Royal Academy of Arts gives the public an opportunity to view new work by 17 emerging artists

New interactive exhibit explores diversity of Muslim cultures worldwide for a family audience

Boijmans showcases Rotterdam's artistic imagination

American Indian art from Diker Collection exhibited at Toledo Museum of Art

OAS AMA / Art Museum of the Americas celebrates Belize's 35-year Independence anniversary

Susan Hiller's first solo exhibition in Belgium opens at MOT International

Ambitious refugee documentary cheered at Berlin film fest

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- TEFAF New York Fall 2018 opens to strong attendance and robust sales

2.- Michael Jackson's Bad jacket, Dylan's Fender Telecaster, U2's iconic guitars lead to Julien's Auctions sale

3.- 'Have you news of my boy?': Kipling's vain search for lost son

4.- Tate Britain opens the largest Edward Burne-Jones retrospective to be held in the UK

5.- Bartolomé Bermejo's visual universe shown in all its splendor for the very first time

6.- Thomas P. Campbell to lead the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

7.- Canadian doctors to start prescribing museum visits

8.- Exhibition in Leuven brings to life the grandiose world of the noble Arenberg family

9.- Walking Batman strolls across the auction block for a record $16,800 at Milestone's Premier Toy Auction

10.- Skeletons unearthed in giant United Kingdom train line excavation



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful