New York

Willy Heeks

David Beitzel Gallery

Willy Heeks continues to display a laudable, even thrilling ambition in his paintings, with each successive show pushing into fresh abstract territory. His snarls of thickly applied paint from a couple of years ago, with their science-fiction overtones suggesting dangerously pulsating molecules, seemed to burst off the canvas, like a chain reaction run amok. Now Heeks has dispersed this same energy over the surfaces of his paintings, moving from a distinctly figurative style to a more allover mode. The new images suggest networks, traffic grids, electronic circuit boards, on the one hand, or decorative fretwork—Indian, say, or Arabian—on the other. This is augmented by Heeks’ use of dripping paint, which seems to have enjoyed a general resurgence of popularity of late, as a tactic to harness chance effects in the service of a specific kind of painterly beauty.

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