Arleen G. Hendler works with subjects from day-to-day life. Her imagery is what we might see from our car or walking down the sidewalk. She is able to take what may seem banal and uninteresting, brings it into focus, and re-interprets it. She is able to find beauty in the simplest things and change our own perceptions, allowing us to see what we might never have noticed before.
Hendler states, “I paint everyday life, “la vie quotidienne”. Streets, people at work, vehicles, and signs are the subject matter. The paintings contain elements of what I see from the driver's seat, what's just ahead. I haven't worked from photos in these pictures, but have used bits and pieces of newspaper imagery. A sense of precariousness and movement is in these paintings, a seemingly persistent quality in some past work, which I think just comes about due to my nature. These paintings differ from the paintings of movie theaters, buildings and streets I've done in the past in which weather and atmosphere were important. These paintings are flatter, more abstract, and composed in a free- associative, intuitive way. This is the way I worked when I began painting.
“I've flattened out the space, combined different viewpoints in the same painting so that some elements are depicted from an aerial perspective and others are seen straight on. Scale does not follow a logical path. As always, drawing, placement, and composition continue to be my primary concern reflecting my internal need to create simplicity and order.”
Arleen G. Hendler received her B.A. and M.A. from U.C.L.A.
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