Each of the labor-intensive pencil drawings Karl Haendel’s Biennial installation represents a general theme, such as “Fruit,” “Weather,” or “President’s Day.” The artist finds his source material online, in commercial shopping areas, and in publications then turns the image into a 35mm slide and places it in his large personal archive under a thematic subject heading. From there he may collage the image with related pictures or otherwise digitally manipulate it; finally, it is projected on the wall for him to translate into a drawing. Haendel’s objective is to transform the stream of words, images, and brands that he encounters on a daily basis into a controlled visual system, or “Haendel language,” that he employs to explore timeless artistic themes through his own, twenty-first-century mode. While the scale of this work—reaching through Western visual culture as well as the glut of the contemporary moment—is notably dense, it nonetheless remains a personal, even hermetic, endeavor; Haendel spends copious amounts of time browsing through images, texts, and other forms of cultural production that possess meaning for him.
The titles of the project—the Theme Time Drawings—and of the individual drawings come from a satellite radio program that Bob Dylan hosted from 2006 until 2009 called Theme Time Radio Hour.
Karl Haendel ’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace