‘Once Upon a Line‘ is the third solo-show of Wieteke Heldens. She will share her paintings and drawings made during her current residency at Flux Factory. Together, the paintings form a never-ending story or an endless poem with their titles and content. ‘Once upon a time’ refers to the title of the first work made during the residency. The second work is made by the first and so forth. But the first is never the first and the last is never the last. Everything has history and everything has consequences.
Wieteke Heldens was born in Ottersum, The Netherlands in 1982. Heldens works in the medium of painting. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague in 2007. She had her first solo show at Flux Factory in 2011 and exhibited in the The Hague Gemeente museum, Royal Palace in Amsterdam and internationally in Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark and the US. In 2013 Heldens won the Royal prize for Painting in the Netherlands. Heldens is currently represented by gallery Borzo in Amsterdam and is an active member of Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives in The Hague. She lives and works in New York and in The Hague.
“I make paintings, painthings and paintthings. Often I tried to make my last painting but I never succeed. I am consistently inconsistent and obsessively need the canvas to be able to understand life. In my work I use everything around me but turn these personnel anecdotes into abstract concepts. In my drawings I relentless repeats the same deed over and over again. I would like to be like Hanna Darboven or On Kawara, but I am not. There is often a conflict in my work that needs to be solved and that’s why I can’t stop painting.”