28.4.-17.6.2023

Friedemann Heckel – 2020-2023

In his fourth exhibition at Galerie Thomas Fischer, Friedemann Heckel presents a series of watercolors that have been created since 2020. Based on photographs taken with his mobile phone, he painted large-scale still lifes and idiosyncratic portraits. The material itself comes to the foreground: the watercolor runs across the surface and frays, opening to the abstract and contrasting against the untouched white of the paper. And the figures? A captivating light brightens their faces and bodies, the light of a screen, the sun, a lighter. They seem lost in reverie or to be looking vaguely into the distance. What do they see? What do we see? Speculative melancholy and lurking premonitions.

Friedemann Heckel, In the Flowers, 2023, Watercolor on paper, 175 x 114 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin
Friedemann Heckel, Val di Catania, 2023, Watercolor on paper, 77 x 57 cm
Friedemann Heckel, Im Schatten junger Mädchenblüte, 2022, Watercolor on Paper, 77 x 57 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin
Installation view, Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin
Installation view, Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin
Friedemann Heckel, Tell It to the Bees, 2022, Watercolor on paper, 77 x 57 cm
Friedemann Heckel, Mario, 2023, Watercolor on paper, 51 x 38 cm