Sophie von Hellermann

 
As other artists of her generation, Sophie von Hellermann (born 1978 in Munich, lives and works in New York) allows herself to draw from the history of painting and from its progressively acquired liberties in order to trace her singular path. From this singular space, she uses painting as an instrument that allows her simultaneously to appropriate and to excuse herself from reality. Each one of SvH's paintings condenses a story, and contains it perfectly within the limits of the frame, yet it is pierced full of holes from within. These empty spaces imbue her works with their evocative power : a capacity first to absorb the gaze and then to expose both the imagination and the memory to sensation. The subject-matter of her essentially narrative paintings is at the intersection of a personal and a collective history, without there being any clear boundaries between the two. Rapid execution, a prolific output, a casual style, narratives which blend history and the everyday, a permanent confusion between the trivial and the grandiose are the instruments she uses to transgress the rules of propriety in painting.
 
Sophie von Hellermann - Cranford Collection 06
2017
English edition
Art centers, museums, galleries & varia
Catalogue presenting a series of watercolours in which artist Sophie von Hellermann re-interprets artworks by Alex Israel, Sergej Jensen, Karen Kilimnik, Sarah Lucas, Marisa Merz, Kelley Walker, etc., all from the Cranford Collection.
Sophie von Hellermann -
2010
texts in English and French
Les presses du réel – Contemporary art – Artists' books & editions
A facsimile of the sketchbook made by the two artists for their first duo exhibition.


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