The Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a two-person painting exhibition featuring the work of California artists Trine Wejp-Olsen and Wendy Heldmann. The exhibition, featuring large and small-scale paintings, opens June 4th and continues though August 15th.
Danish born, Trine Wejp-Olsen will exhibit four dream-like paintings of oil on canvas. Wejp-Olsen’s work, rich with unexpected and finely tuned pigment, expands our understanding of reality. Forests become enchanted and flora and fauna, empowered, are harbingers of meaning. Wejp-Olsen explores the contemporary conflicts of industrial society vs. nature. Her paintings evoke tensions both personal and universal while maintaining a playful, beautiful iconography.
Trine Wejp-Olsen was born in Denmark and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France and the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California where she currently resides. Her work has been shown internationally and is included in public and private collections in Denmark, Japan, France and the United States.
Wendy Heldmann, California, will exhibit work from her ‘Disaster’ and ‘Library’ series. The paintings, acrylic on canvas, depict the exteriors and interiors of various buildings post-natural disaster. Heldmann’s interest in “things falling down” stems from living on/near the earthquake grid for the past thirteen years. Heldmann’s background in civil engineering also lends to her fascination with man-made structures and the way in which they breakdown.
Crumbled brick, shattered panes of glass and disjointed buildings against a desolate winter landscape, show the devastation nature can bring to man-made invention. Heldmann used source material from the 1964 earthquake in Anchorage, and the San Francisco Lomo Prieta quake. In Heldmann’s ‘Library’ series, she paints the interiors of libraries post-earthquake; tomes scattered and strewn open across still-standing aisles. The narrow visual focus of the paintings, leads towards exterior windows, hinting at the calm sky, in contrast to the disordered man-made interior.
Wendy Heldmann received her MA from Goldsmiths, University of London and her BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. She also studied civil engineering at Cornell University and the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. This is her first exhibition at the Nancy Margolis Gallery; her work has been privately collected and exhibited across the country.