Manny Silverman Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Maxwell Hendler opening Saturday, June 1 continuing through Saturday, August 17, 2013. This exhibition will feature a dozen works of resin on wood made over the past three years as well as three construction reliefs from the 1980s.
Hendler’s work of the past twenty years, rich paintings of poured and highly polished resin in colors only found in nature belie Hendler’s beginnings as an accomplished figurative artist. But upon further contemplation one begins to realize that Hendler’s concerns have always been about texture and light. Whether it was the look and feel of the sand on the beach or a minimal work on corrugated board, Hendler has always been at play with texture but it has been his work with resin that has held his attention since 1990. The paintings, bourne out of poured resin go through a painstaking process of determining color. Samples and tests are made and disregard until a hue that has just the right amount of X-factor is achieved. After hours of sanding and polishing, the texture that is accomplished leaves the viewer in quite a state of confusion, some like a melting popsicle seem to invite the viewer to lick it, while others seem like a hot black top that would burn the bottoms of your feet. The squares of color seem so simple yet complex in the responses they solicit. In his review of Hendler’s recent exhibition at the Texas Gallery in Houston, Kelly Klaasmeyer wrote in the Houston Press:
”Yes, the work is glossy and, yes, it feels hip, but those are side effects…Their colors suck you in. You want to touch these paintings, or maybe even lick them.”
Prior to this body of resin works, Hendler was very involved in making artworks that incorporated the textures of common, industrial materials such as pegboard, aluminum, fiberglass and plywood. This exhibition will also include three examples works from this period of his oeuvre and serve as a jumping off point for the works in resin that came next in his body of work.
Hendler’s works can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii; and the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.
Additional biographical information can be found on the gallery’s website. Please contact Linda Hooper, Gallery Director for any additional information or photographic requests.