"DIMENSIONS OF THE FOOL" solo show by artist Stefanie Heinze at Galerie Capitain Petzel until December 23, 2022.
The starting point for her paintings are small-format drawings that often emerge from a collage process in which forms are added or removed. When transferred to large-format canvases, translation failures occur, which are actually welcome: Failure is not only always an option, but an integral part of Heinze's paintings.
Her works depict scenes full of fantastical encounters composed of playfully transformative and (a)sexual motifs. Themes of psychology, social class, gender, sexuality, the nature and sourcing of food, digestion, and everyday weather have a major influence on her work. Hostility to achievement and impossibility are embedded in her iconography in the form of flaccid penises, flying carrots, or melting creatures. Accordingly, she proclaims the "newsense," a kind of pseudo-optimistic invention of her own making, as a response to nonsense. The artist seeks the unexpected and subversive, into which she incorporates the perverse. Her works oscillate between high and low culture, conceiving failure as a necessity and a better way of being.
Stefanie Heinze (*1987 in Berlin) completed her studies in painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (2014) with stops at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine, USA.
Text: Capitain Petzel
5.11. - 23.12.22