September 19 - October 19
Hesse Flatow is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Charlotte Hallberg entitled Blind Aura. This is her second show with the gallery. Hallberg will showcase her most recent tondo oil paintings, as well as small scale graphite drawings on paper. Bold geometries and atmospheric color play with optical space, proudly exploring the realm of painting by pushing pigments, old and new, to produce a sensuous surface rich in texture and tone. Each painting is the result of a succinct series of carefully calculated steps that preclude revision. Hung in loose pairs, the paintings offer differing views from similar vantage points, yet individually create their own separate meditative space for long looking.
The circular canvas’s radiating compositions are reminiscent of dilating pupils or celestial objects. Palettes, and ultimately the mood of each painting, are developed from direct observations and existing color worlds: the marine layer of the San Francisco Bay, neon signage reflected in the rain, or the measured color of the universe incorrectly calculated as pale turquoise and later corrected to beige.
Peter Halley in conversation with Charlotte Hallberg at Crush Curatorial remarked,
“To me it makes sense to bring this up at the beginning, but what really impresses me in terms of the slow read, is to think of them as really complex mathematical equations that a person like me could never solve. I’ve always been fascinated by works of art like that, often in traditional figurative painting —a Titian or Rubens— or even in architecture, with Frank Lloyd Wright.”
Charlotte Hallberg is a painter who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 she received an MFA in painting from Yale University. She was an Annenberg Fellow of Visual Arts from 2010-2012, and completed a residency at The Corporation of Yaddo in 2016. Her work has been shown at TSA NY, CRUSH CURATORIAL, MASS Gallery in Austin, TX, and Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, NY.