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'Daydream Nation' an Exhibit of Unseen Works by Mary Heilmann is at Hauser & Wirth | Latest Buzz LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

‘Daydream Nation’ an Exhibit of Unseen Works by Mary Heilmann is at Hauser & Wirth

Curated By Gary Simmons

'Daydream Nation' an Exhibit of Unseen Works by Mary Heilmann is at Hauser & Wirth | Latest Buzz LIVING LIFE FEARLESS
Exhibition:
Mary Heilmann.
Daydream Nation
Location:
Hauser & Wirth New York,
22nd Street
Date:
May 2 – July 26, 2024
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On May 2nd, Hauser & Wirth opened a new exhibition, Daydream Nation, at its 22nd Street gallery, exploring Mary Heilmann’s ongoing interest in drawing as a form of transcribing memory. Curated by artist Gary Simmons, Heilmann’s friend and former student and colleague at New York’s School of Visual Arts, the exhibition celebrates her talent for distilling complex images and ideas into deceptively simple geometric forms and abstract gestural marks. Through rarely and never-before-seen works on paper from the 1970s to early 2000s, this presentation reveals how drawing functions as a form of daydreaming—of conjuring the sights, sounds and events of her past travels or her imagined future—in Heilmann’s creative process.

“I’ve known Mary through many chapters of my life,” Simmons says. “Selecting these works and collaborating with her, I’ve learned more about her practice than I thought possible. In her drawings and paintings, there’s this sense of a dreamscape, a mosaic of her travels through the desert and from coast to coast.”

The artist is known for working across mediums and for installations which playfully combine disparate works. Reflecting on Mary Heilmann’s approach to exhibition-making, Daydream Nation brings together works on paper, ranging from watercolor studies for larger paintings to works that function as paintings on paper in their own right, alongside a selection of her ceramic sculptures and sculptural chairs to create an ambiently whimsical yet conceptually rigorous environment. Heilmann often works in series, revisiting and reimagining certain arrangements of form and color over time, as evidenced here in such recurring motifs as the chair, rosebud, spiral, wave and web. But in Heilmann’s oeuvre, repetition begets difference and from this multiplicity emerges important truths about the functions of memory and our process of translating it.

'Daydream Nation' an Exhibit of Unseen Works by Mary Heilmann is at Hauser & Wirth | Latest Buzz LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Drawing has always factored significantly into Heilmann’s practice, manifesting in a variety of forms in Daydream Nation. The exhibition features a new mural-like installation that reimagines and expands an existing work into a new form of expression. Heilmann’s seventh wall drawing to date, this installation was developed in conversation with Simmons, who frequently explores the monumental scale of this medium in his own work.

The title of this exhibition is taken from Sonic Youth’s groundbreaking album Daydream Nation (1988), beloved by both Heilmann and Simmons. Evoking Heilmann’s longstanding interest in daydreaming as a creative exercise and the importance of travel for her in this process, it also situates her oeuvre within the culture of youthful rebellion in New York City, the California-born artist’s adopted home since 1968 and a constant source of energy and inspiration for her both personally and professionally.

Are you going to check out Mary Heilmann’s new exhibition Daydream Nation?

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