As a huge fan of both artist Danny Heller and architect Joseph Eichler, the exhibit opening today at Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Eichlers: A Modern Vision, it’s no wonder I feel that this exhibit is a must-see. The show consists of paintings of Eichler’s mid century modern architecture as they appear today.
Paintings of Eichler Homes
EICHLERS: A Modern Vision: NEW PAINTINGS by DANNY HELLER
In his first show, Los Angeles painter Danny Heller captured views of suburbia. This new exhibition features the homes popularized by the California developer Joseph Eichler.
To learn about Joseph Eichler and his home designs, click here.
Danny Heller focuses on Eichler houses in his native San Fernando Valley. Avoiding any sense of nostalgia or artificial atmosphere, Heller paints “now” – as the houses exist today – bringing a sense of wonderment and delight that is both original to the houses and displays a modernity that is very much alive.
Rather than a portrait of the overall house, Danny Heller’s eye finds a path to a door, a façade’s strict geometry of right angles, or the wonderful triangles of a carport. The atriums become vehicles for catching light as well as an invitation to living.
In Heller’s vision, a light in a garage or the glimpse of forms seen through translucent glass become as magical as dusk behind Italian cypresses.
Looking at elements to frame and sculpt, Danny Heller’s paintings hint at the complexity of the designs and offer ideas of symmetry, poise and beauty, all in the context of Southern California, that make Eichlers special.
Terrence Rogers Fine Art Santa Monica, CA .
Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon – 5pm.
Eichlers: A Modern Vision show runs from June 22nd through July 31st, 2008.