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Paul Heyer

Chicago Works

16 Jan - 01 Jul 2018

Paul Heyer, Small Cowboy, 2015. Acrylic on silk chiffon; 15 x 20 in. (38.1 x 50.8 cm) Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of Paul Heyer and Chapter-NY
Paul Heyer, I Am the Sky (Version 1: BORN), 2016. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas; 21 x 25 in. (53.3 x 63.5 cm). Collection of Meredith Darrow Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery
Paul Heyer, Drunk Skeleton, 2016. Oil and acrylic on polyester; 50 x 70 in. (127 x 177.8 cm). Collection of David Madee Photo: Jason Mandella
Paul Heyer, Five Apples, 2015. Oil and acrylic on polyester; 50 x 70 in. (127 x 177.8 cm) Photo by Robert Heishman, courtesy of the artist and Chapter-NY
Paul Heyer, Large Spiral, 2016. Acrylic on canvas with silver lamé; 53 1⁄2 x 71 in. (135.9 x 180.3 cm) Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery
Paul Heyer, FOREVER, 2015. Acrylic on silk taffeta; 37 x 48 in. (94 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Meredith Darrow Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of the artist and Chapter-NY
Paul Heyer, Model of the Universe as a Broom, 2016. Oil and acrylic on polyester; 55 x 70 in. (139.7 x 177.8 cm). Collection of Vanessa and Tal Weitzman Photo: Jason Mandella
Paul Heyer, The Future, 2016. Oil on canvas; 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm). Collection of Sean Patrick Murphy Photo: Jeff McLane, courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery
PAUL HEYER
Chicago Works
16 January – 1 July 2018

Paul Heyer (American, b. 1982) creates paintings that explore the moments just before life and right after death. He is interested in being liberated from the body and the playful malleability of all forms. There is a quiet ecstasy in his insistence that imagination is reality.

Taking cues from the Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco, 1990s rave culture, and the humble objects of daily life, Heyer meditates on what it means to be free from the limits of our physical and perceived bodies. For him, no body or worldview is stable.

This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States and his first exhibition in his hometown of Chicago.

This exhibition is organized by Erin Toale, Curatorial Assistant, and Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. It is presented in the Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery and Ed and Jackie Rabin Gallery on the museum’s third floor.