LOUISE BONNET - Galerie Max Hetzler

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce a solo exhibition with new works by Louise Bonnet at Bleibtreustraße 45. This is the artist's first solo exhibition both at the gallery and in Germany.

Known for her paintings of exaggerated proportions and grotesque features Bonnet continually explores emotions of melancholy, loneliness, nostalgia or grief in her works. Her strong sense of corporeality and precise observation of the tension and movements of body parts result in bending extremities, bloated noses, swollen hands and feet. These portraits recall cartoon-like or surrealistic imagery but create a much more subtle and mild tone, often situated in everyday environments and domestic interiors.

Bonnet's protagonists appear involuntarily stretched. Their bodies seem to reflect a disturbing discomfort, an uneasy state of mind that makes their limbs writhe. Most figures are missing eyes, instead hair covers their complete head with an excessively accurate hairstyle. The artist noted, she prefers the one-way sight onto a work, avoiding the distracting feeling of a painting that is looking back at the viewer.

Bonnet's recent paintings, presented at Galerie Max Hetzler, are characterised by a rather reduced composition. Mainly nude figures occupy almost the entire surface of the canvas. The artist renounces playful details found in earlier works and instead focusses even more on body and skin folds. The backgrounds remain obscurely coated, conveying an oppressive atmosphere and intensifying the spotlight set on the figures.
Inspirations for her works derive from such multiple sources as Hitchcock film scenes, Cindy Sherman portraits or Lucas Cranach paintings. Usually, these references appear as distorted as the depicted bodies themselves.

Alongside her paintings a selection of drawings allow a further insight into Bonnet's practice. Often paintings and drawings share the same motifs of postures and gestures. However, due to a less dense and extensive colour application her works on paper appear lighter, adding another perspective to the present subjects.

“The breasts aren't really breasts anymore, but rather what nipples do to a sweater – which is a lot more interesting. I mean, what is anything except its consequence over something else?” (Louise Bonnet, 2018)

At the same time, Galerie Max Hetzler presents the group exhibition True Stories: A Show Related to an Era – The Eighties, curated by Peter Pakesch, at Goethestraße 2/3 and the gallery's temporary exhibition space at Kurfürstendamm 213.

Louise Bonnet (*1970, Geneva) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (2018, 2016) and Half Gallery, New York (2017). The artist participated in group exhibitions at Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2018); Almine Rech Gallery, New York (2018); Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2017); Half Gallery, New York (2016); Gagosian Gallery, Athens (2016); M+B, Los Angeles (2016); König Galerie, Berlin (2016); The Lodge, Los Angeles (2015) and Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles (2008). Bonnet's works can be found in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the LACMA, Los Angeles and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Further exhibitions and fair participations:

True Stories. A Show Related to an Era – The Eighties
curated by Peter Pakesch
14 September - 27 October 2018
Opening: 14 September, 6-9 pm
Goethestraße 2/3, 10623 Berlin
Kurfürstendamm 213, 10719 Berlin

3 - 7 October 2018

Albert Oehlen
13 October - 21 December 2018
Opening: 13 October, 6-8 pm
57 rue du Temple, 75004 Paris

FIAC Paris
18 – 21 October 2018

Press contact:
Galerie Max Hetzler
Berlin: +49 30 346 497 85-0
Paris: +33 1 57 40 60 80