Heiner Blumenthal, a Cologne-based painter, is now featured in the off space with a project that has been an important and on going part of his practice. Blumenthal is well-known in Germany for large-scale canvases; in Chicago, he shows a very personal and less exposed side of his work, but one that continues to inform and influence his paintings. The black and white photographs and black ink drawings seem in one sense oppositional, but quickly reveal subtle associations that ultimately lead to meaning through allusion. The rich tonalities of the photographs are taken to heightened contrast in the ink drawings; both bodies of work suggest a stark world where light reveals and redeems.
Heiner Blumenthal has exhibited his work throughout Europe, most recently at Galerie Nihil Nisi in Berlin, Galerie Barbara Oberem in Bonn and Galerie Jöllenbeck in Cologne. He is the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation and the Gottlieb Foundation. This is his first exhibition with devening projects + editions.