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Maelstroms, referenced by the Dutch in the 17th century, evoke portals to mythical worlds accessed through a vortex of colliding forces. In this selection of works by Balarama Heller, Florian Maier-Aichen, Peter Shear, and Sue Williams, elements of form, line, light, energy, and color whirl together. An unlikely synergy emerges. Each work is charged with its own undercurrent, and yet, when viewed together, a shared landscape of elemental components unfolds. Certain works reveal traces of the figurative and representational, however, this recognition immediately dissolves into seas of colors and gradients. The lines and forms are fluid, sensual, curved, and turbulent, resulting in a tension between what we may think we recognize and that which can access an alternative reality.

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Florian Maier-Aichen

Untitled

2014

Dye transfer print

27 x 20 3/4 inches (69 x 53 cm) image

37 1/2 x 31 1/4 inches (95.3 x 79.4 cm) framed

Edition of 6

FMA 285

 

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Balarama Heller
Hero

2019
Dye sublimation transfer print with white floating frame

20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (52.1 x 41.9 x 3.8 cm) framed

Edition of 3, with 2 AP

 

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Peter Shear


Shorthand

2019


Oil on canvas
 

12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)

 

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"Abstract washes and patterns feel charged with meaning as if stammering on verges of articulation.  Yet again, as is her wont, Sue Williams suggests someone who, bent on vengeance, can’t help stumbling into beauty." 

- The New Yorker 

"The marks casually challenge us to figure out which came first and may also depict a painting within a painting.  Mr. Shear’s canvases are like good, short poems whose simplicities turn complex almost before we know it."

- Roberta Smith

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Peter Shear
Oy Canada

2019

Oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm
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Balarama Heller
Junction

2020
Dye sublimation transfer print with white floating frame

30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm)
30 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (77.5 x 62.2 x 3.8 cm) framed
Edition of 3, with 2 AP

 

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Sue Williams

Fluorescent and Flooby

2003

Oil and acrylic on canvas

84 x 104 1/4 inches (213.4 x 264.8 cm)

Signed, dated verso

SW 962

 

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Florian Maier-Aichen

Untitled

2014

C-print

81 1/2 x 64 3/4 inches (207 x 164.5 cm) framed

Edition of 6

FMA 289

 

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Balarama Heller
Landfall
2019
Dye sublimation transfer print with white floating frame

30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm)
30 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (77.5 x 62.2 x 3.8 cm) framed

Edition of 3, with 2 AP

 

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Peter Shear
Circulation
2019
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

 

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"Florian Maier-Aichen’s disposition is unique. He straddles the worlds of the literal, photographing the terrestrial, and also extends the images’ veracity and limits to the surreal, chemically and subjectively, shattering the glass ceiling of reality into polychromatic shards."
- Liam Casey

"Balarama Heller's environments do not reference a single or flattened narrative, instead they trade in the world of feeling, symbolism, and the haptic: vibratory forms hover in fields of blackness, sky, and water merge, or are mistaken for one another. Ancestral imagery bridge the rift between the infinite cosmos and the temporal earthbound, mirroring our common evolutionary origins and precarious symbiotic coexistence." 

- Carmen Winant
 

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Balarama Heller
Depth Finder

2020
Dye sublimation transfer print with white floating frame

20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (52.1 x 41.9 x 3.8 cm) framed

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP

 

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Florian Maier-Aichen

Untitled

2019

C-print

51 3/4 x 51 1/2 inches (131.4 x 130.8 cm)

53 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (135.9 x 135.9 x 3.8 cm) framed

Edition of 3, with 2 AP

FMA 323

 

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Balarama Heller
Welcome

2020
Dye sublimation transfer print with white floating frame

20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (52.1 x 41.9 x 3.8 cm) framed


Edition of 3, with 2 AP

 

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Peter Shear
Snake (for D. H. Lawrence)

2019
 

Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

 

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Peter Shear
Laredo
2019
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)

 

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Sue Williams

Fiesta

2009

Oil and acrylic on canvas

16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, titled, dated verso

SW 1122

 

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Balarama Heller (b. 1979, New York) received his BFA from the Art Institute of Boston. He worked at Magnum Photos NY before joining the U.S. Merchant Marines where he crewed ocean-going tugboats. Thereafter, Heller lived in Istanbul, photographing long-form projects concerning ritual and transcendence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Heller resettled in New York City in 2010. Recent group shows include You Can't Win, Jack Black's America curated by Randy Kennedy at Fortnight Institue, What's Outside the Window at ReadingRoom, Melbourne AU, Agnes B New York, New Artists at Red Hook Labs and the 2015 Aperture Summer Open. In 2014, he published his first artist book, “Into and Through”. His most recent project, Zero at the Bone received 1st place for the 2017 Center Awards Editor’s Choice and runner-up for the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Balarama’s practice reimagines archetypal symbols found in the natural world. Heller lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

 

Florian Maier-Aichen was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1973. His work has been exhibited and collected by such public art collections as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, the Denver Art Museum, Denver, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Maier-Aichen has also had solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Maier-Aichen lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles. For more information on Florian Maier-Aichen please click here.

 

Peter Shear (b. 1980, Massachusetts). Working with the language of color and form through painting, Peter Shear, a self-taught artist, explores and experiments on the many possibilities of what paint can do. Neither a figurative nor an abstract painter, he moves freely through a variety of styles. "Shear is interested in composition, color relationships, how forms sit within the rectangle of the canvas, what can be done with the edges, and the texture of paint" (John Yau). Shear had his first solo exhibition in NYC at Fortnight Institute in 2017 and his first institutional exhibition at the Herron School of Art + Design at Indiana University in 2019. Recent group exhibitions include P420 Gallery in Bologna, Italy; Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan; 840 Gallery, the University of Cincinnati, among others. Shear lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana. 

 

Sue Williams, was born in 1954 in Chicago. She came to prominence in the early 1980s, with works that echoed and argued with the dominant postmodern feminist aesthetic of the time. In the years since, her focus has never waned yet her aesthetic interests have moved toward abstraction along with her subject matter and memories. She has had solo shows at the Vienna Secession, Geneva Center for Contemporary Art, and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, along with being included in 3 consecutive Whitney Biennials. She lives and works in New York.  For more information on Sue Williams please click here.