Balancing Act: Angela Heisch on the Mysterious Worlds She Uncovers in Her Chelsea Debut
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Balancing Act: Angela Heisch on the Mysterious Worlds She Uncovers in Her Chelsea Debut

Installation view of “Trapeze,” 2019, at Davidson Gallery, New York. Artist Angela Heisch relishes the physical effort involved in making work—the repetitive motions and hours spent in the studio that distort her sense of time and transform her ideas. Standing before the eight paintings and six sketches that comprise “Trapeze,” her current exhibition at Davidson Gallery in New York, she told me “how important that process still is” for her lively abstractions. Angela Heisch, BOUND TO, 2019, oil on muslin over panel. As frenetic as those works are, they result from careful deliberation. The New York–based artist has built up a distinct vocabulary of madcap shapes and forms, and she’s been exercising restraint when it comes to tapping into that store for any particular work, she said. “It’s the biggest struggle but the most satisfying thing for me, because that’s the thing that’s the hardest: holding back and leaving it alone.” In the complex new works in “Trapeze,” which can suggest Tomma Abts spliced together with some superb but unknown Imagist, circles preside over universes of fuzzy amoeba, spinal columns dance on the thresholds of unknowable realms, and geometric constellations are framed by floral silhouettes. Each painting challenges the […]

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