Helene Appel @ P420

Helene Appel, Sink (2), 2016, acrylic, watercolour and gouache on linen, cm.49x39,5 (courtesy of P420)
Helene Appel, Sink (2), 2016, acrylic, watercolour and gouache on linen, cm.49x39,5 (courtesy of P420)

Geoff Hands reviews Helene Appel: Washing up at P420, Bologna, on view through November 12, 2016.

Hands writes: "[Appel] may have painted the images from life, eidetic memory or from reproductions (e.g. a photographic image). We do not know (without asking her) and have the option of constructing our own mini-histories for the making and becoming of the images. Surprisingly, this process magically transforms generally unremarkable content and consequently produces a reverse transubstantiation, where the substance of the body of materials; liquid or apparently solid, natural or artificial, reveals a transformation from painterly materiality to a subtle staging for visual ingestion that is simply, but gloriously, perceptual. And so, ideally, the paintings force the viewer to look afresh..."