Three Things You Should Know About Karl Haendel
In Karl Haendel’s “Karl-O-Gram” series, the artist uses his distinct creative process to imitate Man Ray’s photograms (self-titled “Rayographs”). Through digital manipulation and manual masking techniques, Haendel creates his own photographic collages of everyday objects that are then projected onto his studio wall as a reference for the resulting drawing. Haendel’s work is represented in several major public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Courtesy of the Artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
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Karl Haendel is known for meticulous pencil drawings based on appropriated photographs. He is interested in investigating the properties of photography—inverting tones, scaling, and flipping images—but he prefers the slowness of drawing. “Photography becomes a tool, like a paintbrush […],” he explains, adding, “The ability to play with images is fundamental.” In 2011, he worked with filmmaker Petter Ringbom to create Questions for My Father, a film based on drawings Haendel made in 2007, such as Questions for My Father #2, that explore notions of masculinity.
American, b. 1976, New York, New York, based in Los Angeles, California