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Danny Heller / Karen Woods

Danny Heller: Birth of the Cool
My latest series opening at the George Billis Gallery, “Birth of the Cool,” celebrates the midcentury “cool” lifestyle of Manhattan. In a time when the architecture was forward-thinking, guests dressed their best for airline travel, and the jet age influenced even automobile design, the impact of optimism was felt daily. From a 1959 Ford Galaxie to the organic curves of an Eames chair, society was changing, embracing avant-garde design, and incorporating strong, streamlined forms in all aspects of the built environment. This series of paintings focuses on these segments of design – the architecture, furniture, automobiles, and even fashion – that communicated a creative exuberance through bold aesthetics. Seeing the graceful contour of the iconic TWA Flight Center paired with the swooping lines of a 1959 Oldsmobile, one is able to connect the stylistic parallels between these facets of the Modern metropolis. Paintings featuring touchstones of midcentury furniture not only showcase their own intrinsic beauty, but when viewed with the rest of the body of work, reinforce the element of “cool” that ran deep in the design of the time. While this series communicates the innovative power of these vestiges of the past, it should also act as a reminder that they, in fact, still exist and are more relevant than ever.

Karen Woods: ...Going
For some time now I have chronicled my journey by painting what I experience while driving around the city. I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on the road, when I’ve been struck by the beauty in the ordinariness of my commute. These images are the “lyrical suggestions” that compel me to paint, to communicate these transcendent experiences so clearly that others might in turn recognize this beauty in the course of their day.

For myself, the reward lies in capturing and expanding the space, time, and movement of a moment in everyday life, and to reveal its accompanying emotional weight: its anticipation, reflection, isolation, longing, and transcendence.

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Date

Nov 05 - Dec 07, 2019

Contact

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Photos

Installation view of Danny Heller / Karen Woods

George Billis Gallery, New York

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Installation view of Danny Heller / Karen Woods

George Billis Gallery, New York

Artworks

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Airport Service

B&B Shoe Repair

Central Park Rink Study 2

Drugs

Eames Chair and Painting

Flight Center

Guggenheim Study 2

Guggenheim Study 1

Lincoln Center

Met Balcony

Met Stairway

Metropolitan Opera House

Pan Am Panorama

Storefront Window

Sunday Drive

Taking Flight

Tulip Chairs and Painting

TWA Study

Karen Woods > <

Blue Bridge

Clear to Fly

Cruise #7

Crosswalk 2

Cruise #2

Jet with Orange Cones

Light and Dark

Little Airport

Morning Flight

Morning Manhattan

My Lucky Day

Near Central Park, from the bus

Our Station

Outside the Station

Overhead

Through the Mist 1

Trees from the bus, with frost

Window Seat

Danny Heller > <

Airport Service

B&B Shoe Repair

Central Park Rink Study 2

Drugs

Eames Chair and Painting

Flight Center

Guggenheim Study 2

Guggenheim Study 1

Lincoln Center

Met Balcony

Met Stairway

Metropolitan Opera House

Pan Am Panorama

Storefront Window

Sunday Drive

Taking Flight

Tulip Chairs and Painting

TWA Study

Karen Woods > <

Blue Bridge

Clear to Fly

Cruise #7

Crosswalk 2

Cruise #2

Jet with Orange Cones

Light and Dark

Little Airport

Morning Flight

Morning Manhattan

My Lucky Day

Near Central Park, from the bus

Our Station

Outside the Station

Overhead

Through the Mist 1

Trees from the bus, with frost

Window Seat

Artists

Danny Heller

Northridge