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Helene Appel, Beinscheibe (Hind Shin Cross Cut), 2014, encaustic and oil on linen, 6 3/4 × 6".

Helene Appel

James Cohan Gallery | Chelsea

Helene Appel, Beinscheibe (Hind Shin Cross Cut), 2014, encaustic and oil on linen, 6 3/4 × 6".

Absorbed by the careful rendering of everyday objects and materials, German artist Helene Appel transforms the surfaces of her variously sized canvases into trays or tabletops, across which generally unremarkable things appear to have been scattered or spilled. In this, her US solo debut, Appel presented entries from three new groups of work—devoted to fabric, meat, and plastic, respectively—alongside other, closely related pieces. In each case, the painter’s handling is delicate and detailed, but never so rigorously illusionistic that the structure of the support is forgotten. Appel’s concern is as much with each painting as a whole object as it is with the imagery therein, and the subjects she chooses allow for an especially fine balance between the figurative and the abstract.

The first room hosted Untitled (Sweepings) and Grey Cleaning Rag, both 2014. The former

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