Sophie von Hellermann | A Midsummer Night’s Dream
26 June – 24 July 2020
Pilar Corrias is pleased to present Sophie von Hellermann’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an exhibition of ten new paintings, launching today, 26 June, as part of the London Collective on Vortic. London Collective is a new platform which brings together 42 of the UK’s best commercial galleries to present exhibitions and artists’ projects on Vortic Collect, the new extended reality app for the art world.
Sophie von Hellermann’s paintings originate as projections of her imagination. A small kernel into her mind which is blown up onto a large canvas. These projections become a background for a shadow dance where something that is conjured comes into existence. In AMidsummer Night’s Dream we are invited into a series of imaginary vignettes that are inspired by the foibles of wonderment and love. The series was completed amidst the dreamlike experience of her lockdown in the English countryside. Von Hellermann felt a sense of urgency to paint during this period of global sickness and isolation and sickness. The parallels between her experience of sleeping, resting and madness and Shakespeare’s play lead von Hellermann to be inspired by the environment that surrounded her; the woods amidst the dew drops on the sweetly scented flowers, the joy of spring and summer at the same time as this period of uncertainty and death.