Online Special: Karl Haendel

May 31 – Jun 07, 2020

Sommer Contemporary Art is pleased to present a new online exhibition of drawings by the American artist Karl Haendel. It will be on view from Tuesday, June 2nd until Tuesday, June 9th. 



Based in Los Angeles, conceptual artist Karl Haendel (b. 1976, New York) is known for his large-scale graphite drawings, installations, videos, and public projects. His practice is driven by his interest in the semiotic function of images and texts: how they are used to form both personal and cultural meanings, values and beliefs. Pulling from a broad-ranging and idiosyncratic archive of found, stock, and self-made images, Haendel’s works engage in a critical assessment and interpretation of themes ranging from masculinity to ethical responsibility and the mediation of political events and public personas. The online exhibition presents photorealistic artworks, exploring the mimetic quality of drawing which has been a core issue in Haendel’s work for the past two decades.


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Karl Haendel, Pencil drawings, 2001-2019