Davidson Gallery is pleased to present Trapeze, a solo exhibition of new work by Angela Heisch. Formally rooted in abstraction, Heisch’s paintings and drawings take on both architectural and biomorphic forms. In her own descriptions of her work, Heisch describes the structures as “breathing”, yet existing as spaces into which the viewer could pass.
Heisch’s painting use a limited but vibrant color palette as the artist works through the range of each shade and hue. Though the works use repeated forms, the motifs change slightly, never quite achieving the symmetry that seems initially apparent. There is a balance and tension in each work; Heisch plays with a surreal combination of architectonic ideas and anthropomorphism. Some of the works appear to be plans for some unknown structure or circuitry, others induce pareidolia, confronting the viewer with intimations of faces that stare resolutely back.
The beauty and playfulness that is inherent in Heisch’s practice is belied by the eerie sense of the unknown. Heisch has uncanny precision, pushing the viewer to question the balance between perfection and perceived perfection. Some gestures magnify while others obscure, some forms stand by as silent sentinels while still others vibrate, on the verge of combustion.
Angela Heisch is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from SUNY Albany in 2014. She was awarded the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship in 2014, and has been a resident at Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Guttenberg Arts. Angela has shown recently at Transmitter Gallery, Barney Savage, Gallery 106 Green, Mother Gallery, George Gallery, Ortega y Gasset, Park Place Gallery, One River School, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Harpy Gallery, and Taymour Grahne Gallery. Her work has been featured in Art Forum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, AEQAI, ArtSFBlog, Maake Magazine: Issue 02, Young Space, and Open House Blog. This is her first show with Davidson Gallery.