Daniel Heil | Wheel of Dharma
Nov 05, 2022 - Dec 03, 2022




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The works of Daniel Heil are notably constituted through their process of creation. The most recent paintings of the Düsseldorfer artist focus on substantial factors that form the basis of an integrated ontological system. A disposition to Zen Buddhism – to contemplation and meditation – prompt Daniel Heil to the reduction of his formal aesthetic that the title also refers to: the wheel of dharma, the tenet of morality and ethics, establishes the way to nirvana. However, in Daniel Heil’s view, a holistic approach, which is essential for his works as well as for a functioning society, is noticeably neglected in the present-day, post-industrial age. The centerpiece of the exhibition in the Galerie Voss is a blue series, which takes up this holistic idea in a vital aesthetic. Their painterly structures are based on close-ups of water, fire, and algae, which the artist produced after intensive observations of the natural substances. In the enlarged photos of the partially opposed elements, Heil found similarly winding lines. This natural ornament is translated onto the canvas with his characteristic brushwork. The flow is controlled through the hand of the artist, but also navigates over the elaborately primed canvas due to chance and structural conditions. The flowing of the wavelike brushstrokes appears so dynamic that one can picture the defined and at the same time meditative manner of the artist while executing them. Therefore, rhythm – recently, Daniel Heil prefers listening to classical music from various eras while working – and time play an important role. Through the application of spray paint on some works, the coating of color becomes - in contrast to the rather pastose acrylic - diffusive and layers appear more permeable. Fundamentally, with Daniel Heil the physical application of color belongs to the work in equal measure as the finished end product. One also finds this dynamic again in his earlier works, and it was described in more detail in essays by David Galloway and Thomas Wolfgang Kuhn (2018). However, the new series is not centered, but rather created to project beyond the edge of the picture. Like the endless fugues of a choral, the lines of color swing out into the expanses of sacral halls. Their continuation can be imaginatively anticipated by viewers and wind into infinity. They are perceived as close-ups of a greater whole. The subject of dynamics, resulting from that gestural rhythm, repeats itself in Heil’s compositions out of graphite powder and charcoal on canvas. Yet unlike in the blue series, this theme does not manifest itself predominantly through the manually defined application of color, but rather also through the idiosyncrasy of chance. For graphite pigments and charcoal are positively thrown on a tabletop by the artist, and thereupon horizontally rubbed into the primed canvas with a wooden panel. As indicated before, an hours-long, multilayered application and stripping of the white primer coat on the canvas is part of the process. In this way, incongruences of the raw, natural materials disappear, and generate a planar level, on which, through a uniform distribution of pressure, the initially slightly crystalline glittering graphite powder can now be two-dimensionally distributed. When the support - affixed to the table, primed and thereupon levigated in physical movements - is ultimately once again clamped onto the stretcher frame by the artist, a matt background develops through the graphite, which is accentuated by the jet-black charcoal fragments. In this energetic process, Daniel Heil’s works gain their material depth from two planes that have a tense relationship with each other. They interact in dialogue with the previously discussed blue series: they could represent a symbol of the dichotomy between rationality and affect, or asceticism and hedonism as the case may be, which is, once again, of significance to Buddhist ethics. Although one might assume it due to the reduction and the Buddhist parallels, the gestural forms of the artist do not require specific previous knowledge of the abstract expressionism of the 1950s. It is tempting to draw comparisons to Western art historical forerunners; however they conceal the far older tradition of East Asian culture. For example, it would be more appropriate to establish a relationship with the Japanese rock garden, the kare-san-sui, the curves of which are evocative of Daniel Heil’s blue compositions. Therefore, art should not be received exclusively on the basis of its self-reference. For although Daniel Heil grapples with historical and contemporary positions and was informed by his studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf [Academy of Fine Arts Düsseldorf] with Prof. Katharina Grosse, he prefers to draw his inspiration from nature. His Selbstgespräche [soliloquies] - as the title of the publication in the Kerber Verlag (2018) on his compositions has it - possess a life of their own. They are idiosyncratic, nevertheless substantive, and thus universally approachable in their formal aesthetic. Theresa Wirtz, Düsseldorf (Translated from the German by Alexandra Skwara)



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Daniel Heil


Exhibitions overview

 
  SELECTION | Part 2
Dec 16, 2022 - Jan 21, 2023


 
  Daniel Heil | Wheel of Dharma
Nov 05, 2022 - Dec 03, 2022


 
  Claudia Rogge | WARP and WEFT
Aug 27, 2022 - Oct 29, 2022


 
  Éder Oliveira | Oposición
Jun 24, 2022 - Jul 30, 2022


 
  Fábio Baroli | Where the wind turns
May 06, 2022 - Jun 18, 2022


 
  Frank Bauer | Bilder vom Verschwinden
Mar 12, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022


 
  Selection
Feb 08, 2022 - Mar 05, 2022


 
  Harding Meyer | known unknowns
Oct 29, 2021 - Dec 18, 2021


 
  Kate Waters | It takes one to know one
Aug 27, 2021 - Oct 23, 2021


 
  Giacomo Costa | Atmospheres
May 28, 2021 - Jul 03, 2021


 
  Idowu Oluwaseun | REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE: a synthesis of time and sound
Oct 30, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020


 
  Peter Uka | Inner Frame
Aug 28, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020


 
  Harding Meyer | new works
Jun 05, 2020 - Jul 15, 2020


 
  Mary A. Kelly | Chair
Mar 14, 2020 - May 30, 2020


 
  Michael Tolloy | Solid Solidarity
Jan 17, 2020 - Feb 29, 2020


 
  Kate Waters | Love Shacks and other Hideouts
Oct 18, 2019 - Jan 09, 2020


 
  Frank Bauer | Paths of Inaccuracy
Aug 30, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019


 
  Christian Bazant-Hegemark | Kindness of Strangers
Jun 07, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019


 
  Sandra Ackermann | Escape into your Reality
May 03, 2019 - Jun 01, 2019


 
  Kay Kaul | Cloudbusting
Mar 08, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019


 
  Jurriaan Molenaar | Fermate
Jan 18, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019


 
  Harding Meyer / Humanize
Oct 19, 2018 - Jan 12, 2019


 
  Mihoko Ogaki / Soft Landing
Aug 31, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018


 
  Peter Uka / Fragment of the Present Passed
Apr 13, 2018 - May 26, 2018


 
  Daniel Heil / Monologues
Mar 09, 2018 - Apr 07, 2018


 
  Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2018
Feb 16, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018


 
  Sandra Senn / Zwischen Zwei Meeren
Jan 26, 2018 - Mar 03, 2018


 
  Frank Bauer / Die Gelassenheit der Dinge
Nov 17, 2017 - Jan 20, 2018


 
  Kate Waters / Whistling In The Dark
Sepr 01, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017


 
  Untitled
Jul 12, 2017 - Aug 02, 2017


 
  Davide La Rocca / 13K ( Part 1 )
May 12, 2017 - Jun 27, 2017


 
  Sandra Ackermann / Lost in Nothingness
Mar 24, 2017 - May 06, 2017


 
  Claudia Rogge / CONCENTRATION
Jan 27, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017


 
  Christian Bazant - Hegemark / The Rise and Fall of Transformative Hopes and Expectations
Nov 11, 2016 - Jan 21, 2017


 
  Harding Meyer / The Others
Aug 26, 2016 - Nov 05, 2016


 
  Crossing Borders
Jun 03, 2016 - Jul 15, 2016


 
  Sandra Senn / Flüchtiges Getriebe
Apr 08, 2016 - May 21, 2016


 
  Corrado Zeni / Éloge de la fuite
Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016


 
  Claudia Rogge / PerSe
Oct 16, 2015 - Nov 21, 2015


 
  Kate Waters // Tell it like it is
Aug 28, 2015 - Oct 10, 2015


 
  Visions Of Sensory Space ( by Weightless Artists Association - SPARTNIC )
May 15, 2015 - Jul 04, 2015


 
  Sandra Ackermann / Wasteland
Mar 13, 2015 - May 02, 2015


 
  Lost Scapes
Jan 30, 2015 - Mar 07, 2015


 
  Christian Bazant-Hegemark / Calibrating Aesthetics
Nov 14, 2014 - Jan 17, 2015


 
  Frank Bauer / Back to Basics
Aug 29, 2014 - Nov 08, 2014


 
  Harding Meyer // recent paintings
May 23, 2014 - Aug 23, 2014


 
  Till Freiwald - memoria
Apr 11, 2014 - May 17, 2014


 
  Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014 / Gallery Evening
Apr 05, 2014 - Apr 05, 2014


 
  Giacomo Costa // Traces
Nov 22, 2013 - Jan 11, 2013


 
  DC-Open Galleries: Matthias Danberg - Inventory by Appropriation
Sepr 06, 2013 - Nov 16, 2013


 
  Christian Bazant-Hegemark // VOW OF SILENCE
May 24, 2013 - Aug 20, 2013


 
  Corrado Zeni // Generation Why
Apr 12, 2013 - May 18, 2013


 
  behind the Non-Colours
Mar 22, 2013 - Apr 06, 2013


 
  Sandra Ackermann // Running to stand still
Feb 15, 2013 - Mar 16, 2013


 
  Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2013
Feb 01, 2013 - Feb 09, 2013


 
  Mihoko Ogaki // Star Tales - White Floating
Nov 30, 2012 - Jan 31, 2013


 
  Claudia Rogge / Lost in Paradise
Oct 12, 2012 - Nov 24, 2012


 
  Harding Meyer // features
Sepr 07, 2012 - Oct 06, 2012


 
  Summer 2012 - Part 2
Aug 10, 2012 - Sepr 01, 2012


 
  Summer 2012
Jul 06, 2012 - Sepr 01, 2012


 
  Maria Friberg // The Painting Series
May 11, 2012 - Jun 23, 2012


 
  Mary A. Kelly // Father & Child
Mar 30, 2012 - May 06, 2012


 
  Maia Naveriani // Future Wolves and Chicks so far
Feb 10, 2012 - Mar 24, 2012


 
  Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2012
Feb 04, 2012 - Feb 08, 2012


 
  Kate Waters // The Air that I breathe
Dec 09, 2011 - Jan 28, 2012


 
  Frank Bauer / ...den Wald vor lauter Bäumen....
Nov 04, 2011 - Dec 03, 2011


 
  Claudia Rogge // Final Friday
Sepr 09, 2011 - Oct 29, 2011


 
  Davide La Rocca - STILLS
May 27, 2011 - Jul 16, 2011


 
  Giacomo Costa // Post Natural
Apr 01, 2011 - May 21, 2011


 
  Harding Meyer - to be a real vision
Feb 18, 2011 - Mar 26, 2011


 
  Shannon Rankin - Disperse / Displace
Dec 03, 2010 - Feb 12, 2011


 
  Sandra Ackermann // I look inside you
Oct 15, 2010 - Nov 27, 2010


 
  Amparo Sard / AT THE IMPASSE
Sepr 03, 2010 - Oct 09, 2010


 
  Kate Waters // The Land of Kubla Khan
Jun 11, 2010 - Jul 17, 2010


 
  Jurriaan Molenaar // Lessness
Apr 30, 2010 - Jun 05, 2010


 
  Claudia Rogge // The Paradise of the Onlooker
Mar 05, 2010 - Apr 24, 2010


 
  Ivonne Thein // incredible me
Jan 22, 2010 - Feb 27, 2010


 
  Frank Bauer // Jet Set
Nov 27, 2009 - Jan 15, 2010


 
  Michael Koch // forever more
Oct 23, 2009 - Nov 21, 2009


 
  Masaharu Sato // SIGNS
Sepr 04, 2009 - Oct 17, 2009


 
  Harding Meyer // blind date
Jun 19, 2009 - Aug 22, 2009


 
  Maria Friberg // way ahead
Apr 24, 2009 - Jun 13, 2009


 
  Claudia Rogge - The Opening
Mar 06, 2009 - Apr 18, 2009


 
  Claudia Rogge // Isolation ( aus: Segment 8 - die Blasen der Gesellschaft)
Mar 06, 2009 - Apr 18, 2009


 
  JoJo Tillmann // What you see is what you get
Jan 30, 2009 - Feb 28, 2009


 
  Sandra Ackermann // Die Wirklichkeit ist nicht die Wahrheit
Nov 21, 2008 - Jan 24, 2009


 
  Kate Waters - Getting used to the 21st Century
Oct 10, 2008 - Nov 15, 2008


 
  Mihoko Ogaki - Milky Ways
Sepr 04, 2008 - Oct 04, 2008


 
  Summer 2008 // Painting
Aug 12, 2008 - Aug 30, 2008


 
  Silke Rehberg: Stationen 1,4,6,7,11,12,13,14
Jun 13, 2008 - Jul 12, 2008


 
  Maia Naveriani: At home with good ideas
May 09, 2008 - Jun 07, 2008


 
  Justin Richel: Rise and Fall
Apr 04, 2008 - May 03, 2008


 
  Davide La Rocca - Strange Object
Feb 08, 2008 - Mar 28, 2008


 
  Frank Bauer: AkikoAlinaAlinkaAndrew....
Nov 30, 2007 - Feb 02, 2008


 
  Maria Friberg: Fallout
Oct 12, 2007 - Nov 24, 2007


 
  Harding Meyer / in sight
Sepr 06, 2007 - Oct 11, 2007


 
  SUMMER '07
Jul 17, 2007 - Sepr 01, 2007


 
  Kay Kaul - Wasserfarben
Jun 15, 2007 - Jul 14, 2007


 
  Sandra Ackermann - Point Blank
Mar 02, 2007 - Apr 28, 2007


 
  Tamara K.E.: pioneers -none of us and somewhere else
Jan 19, 2007 - Feb 24, 2007


 
  Till Freiwald
Nov 17, 2006 - Jan 13, 2007


 
  Claudia Rogge: U N I F O R M
Sepr 01, 2006 - Nov 11, 2006


 
  Kate Waters: Killing Time
May 05, 2006 - Jun 17, 2006


 
  Katia Bourdarel: The Flesh of Fairy Tales
Mar 31, 2006 - Apr 29, 2006


 
  Mihoko Ogaki
Feb 10, 2006 - Mar 18, 2006


 
  Silke Rehberg: RICOMINCIARE DAL CORPO
Jan 27, 2006 - Feb 26, 2006


 
  Sandra Ackermann
Dec 08, 2005 - Jan 15, 2006


 
  Corrado Zeni
Dec 04, 2005 - Jan 11, 2006


 
  Frank Bauer
Nov 18, 2005 - Jan 15, 2006


 
  Harding Meyer
Oct 07, 2005 - Nov 12, 2005


 
  AUFTAKT
Sepr 02, 2005 - Oct 01, 2005


 
  Claudia Rogge: Rapport
Jun 17, 2005 - Jul 20, 2005


 
 
May 13, 2005 - Jun 11, 2005


 
  Kate Waters: Solo-Exhibition in the Gallery Thomas Cohn, Sao Paulo
Apr 16, 2005 - May 20, 2005


 
  Vittorio Gui: FROZEN MOMENTS
Apr 08, 2005 - May 07, 2005


 
  Kay Kaul - ARTSCAPES
Apr 03, 2005 - May 29, 2005


 
  SEO Geheimnisvoller Blick
Mar 04, 2005 - Apr 02, 2005


 
  Claudia van Koolwijk at Museum Bochum
Feb 26, 2005 - Apr 17, 2005


 
  Corrado Zeni - Six Degrees of Separation
Nov 26, 2004 - Jan 15, 2005


 
  Maia Naveriani: What' s the difference between ME and YOU?
Oct 15, 2004 - Nov 20, 2004


 
  Tamara K.E.: MAD DONNA AND DONNA CORLEONE
Sepr 03, 2004 - Oct 09, 2004


 
  Davide La Rocca: Real Vision Reflex
Jun 12, 2004 - Jul 17, 2004


 
  Kay Kaul COLLECTORSCAPES
Apr 23, 2004 - Jun 05, 2004