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Karl Haendel

Karl HaendelArtist’s Statement

I am interested in how meaning is produced. How we, as members of different groups, be them cultural, social or familial, come to define ourselves. What is it that we value? What is it that we believe? How are our opinions formed? Who do we judge? Who do we admire?

I investigate how meaning is produced and altered through the interplay of different images, signs and objects. Why is it that we feel one image or idea is threatening, while another is welcoming and cheerful? Why does one image signify something humorous by itself, but when paired with another image becomes sad?

If you come to see one of my shows you will see drawings in spaces. That is only the physical manifestation of a larger interest; a philosophical investigation into how we come to believe and understand ourselves and our world.

Website: miandn.com/artists/karl-haendel/


Select Solo Exhibitions

Unwinding Unboxing, Unbending Uncocking, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Competition Myth, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
High Performance Stiffened Structures, Museo de Arte de El Salvador, S. Salvador, SV

Informal Family Blackmail, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Select Group Exhibitions

Biennial of Americas, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

Prospect II, New Orleans, LA

Select Fellowships and Awards 

Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant

Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence

Penny McCall Foundation Award
Durfee Foundation Grant

Select Community-based Public Projects

Plow Pose, I-70 Sign Show, St. Louis, Mo

Questions for Marfa, building facade, part of Nothing Beside Remains, LAND, Marfa, TX

Scribble, 411 Broadway, New York, NY, with Art Production Fund


MFA, 2003
University of California, Los Angeles

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY

Brown University, Providence, RI

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