GRIMM and Van Doren Waxter are pleased to present VOLKER HÜLLER,
an online presentation of new and recent work opening on June 17, 2020.
The presentation can be viewed simultaneously at vandorenwaxter.com, grimmgallery.com, galleryviewer.com and artsy.com.
This collaborative project features paintings and unique hand colored etchings by German-born, multi-disciplinary artist, Volker Hüller (b. 1976 in Forchheim), whose works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York (US); the Dallas Museum of Art (US); and The Israel Museum Jerusalem (IL), among many other public and private collections.
Hüller’s works reveal scenes from the artist’s personal life, as well as narratives of (mis)adventure and mythology, brought together
in dialogue with bold abstraction. The paintings and works on paper invite associations from the viewer, which range from citing expressionism, modernism, to Bauhaus and cubist influences.
In the featured paintings, an inscrutable face appears in shifting perspective, repeated across multiple works. These monolithic heads each look outward with a single eye. Reflected in every eye, palm trees are encircled by the setting sun. This small focal point represents a kind of island, symbolic of a remote location in the mind where we hold on to idealizations. Hüller prefers to keep this place at a distance, free of any impositions of the human experience. The artist reminds us that paradise is an abstraction, melancholic but nevertheless indispensable to maintaining sanity.
Hüller’s practice spans oil painting, delicate hand-painted etchings and mixed media sculptures that often engage the pictorial relationship between abstraction and figuration. Psychological tension, absurdity and the grotesque infuse his fantastical world, while in the more abstract works, lyrical forms can be found between the rigorous lines, cuboids, and layered surfaces.