These large murals don’t make any sense

Karl Haendel - Scribble @441 Broadway (digital rendering)
Karl Haendel – Scribble (digital rendering), 441 Broadway, New York
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Los Angeles & New York: One mural each

In 2009, Los Angeles based artist Karl Haendel made two large scribble murals, one was his first public installation in New York, the other, a similar painting, was executed in Los Angeles. His gigantic scribbles are an anti heroic gesture with roots in street art, public mark making and a universal means of communication.

Karl Haendel about his scribble paintings

To put one of these scribbles on the side of a building of course engages a dialogue with graffiti and street art, and this became a central concern as well as an inspiration. My scribble work, because its an anonymous mark and one that anybody could make, I hope will draw attention to the simple need to make a mark, and I hope it makes people think about gesture, pure expression, and the straightforward act of creation. These are tendencies that I think are not only fundamental to art making, but to life in general, and are imperatives that most people I hope can relate to.

About Karl Haendel

Karl Haendel (b. 1976) owns and individualizes the world of popular culture by re-drawing it in his own vision, cleverly manipulating scale, composition, and juxtaposition to uncannily transform ordinary images into witty perspectives on contemporary life. He received his MFA from UCLA in 2003 and has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Harris Lieberman, New York; Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles. His work has also been included in such notable exhibitions as the 2004 and 2008 California Biennials and Uncertain States of America, a touring exhibition that originated at the Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art, Oslo, and traveled to Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, among other venues.

Photos

‘Scribble’, 2009 in New York

Karl Haendel - <em>Scribble</em>, 2009, paint on brick, NYC - 2
Karl Haendel – Scribble, 2009, paint on brick, 441 Broadway, New York
Photo: Art Production Fund/artproductionfund.org

Karl Haendel - Scribble @441 Broadway (mural)
Karl Haendel – Scribble, 2009, paint on brick, 441 Broadway, New York
Photo: Art Production Fund/artproductionfund.org

‘Public Scribble #2’, 2009 in Los Angeles

Karl Haendel - Public -Scribble #2 - LAX Art facade, 2009 in Los Angeles - 1
Karl Haendel, Public Scribble #2, 2009, paint on brick, 5,5 x 19,5m, LAX Art facade, Los Angeles
Photo: LAXART/laxart.org

Karl Haendel - Public -Scribble #2 - LAX Art facade, 2009 in Los Angeles - 2
Karl Haendel, Public Scribble #2, 2009, paint on brick, 5,5 x 19,5m, LAX Art facade, Los Angeles
Photo: LAXART/laxart.org

Karl Haendel - Public -Scribble #2 - LAX Art facade, 2009 in Los Angeles - 3
Karl Haendel, Public Scribble #2, 2009, paint on brick, 5,5 x 19,5m, LAX Art facade, Los Angeles
Photo: LAXART/laxart.org

All Images by Karl Haendel/wentrupgallery.com unless otherwise noted.

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