FIND ME IF YOU CAN: New Works by Cody Heichel
Observation skills are imperative for an artist painting from life. Generally observing one’s surroundings begins within their homes/studios, and over time, can move inward and to imagined places. In Cody Heichel’s newest body of work, the painting subjects take on a duality. Domestic scenes naturally materialize from Heichel, since being contained to a repetitive world often defines parenthood. However, fictional and made-up dwellings also emerge as the artist naturally departs from what is tethered in front of him. Gazing through windows and walking his property, he began to construct non-existent bodies of water, architectural structures, and pendant trees. This duality is further enhanced by Heichel balancing the revered role of young father to two toddlers, while continuing to explore new ideas and aspirations as an artist.
The 20 new paintings consist of oils on panel and watercolors on paper, presented in formed frames handmade by the artist. Heichel chose primarily to depict landscapes, however several figurative and still life works are included. Employing a subdued palette and stylized forms, the artist chose to project an aura in each work rather than focusing on specific details. In this way, the artist attempts to transcend the physical structure of nature, and instead uncover an eternal or human quality about each scene.
Find Me If You Can by Cody Heichel is on view from August 6th through Sunday, August 27th during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5pm, and by private appointment. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist from 1-7pm on August 6th during our Gallery Hop feature. A virtual catalog is also available. Private appointments and virtual catalogs can be requested by email@example.com or calling 614.223.1655.