H I L D E mentioned in LA Weekly
H I L D E ‘s Abraham & Sons, Inc. featured on ArtForum
Stephen Neidich and Steve Hash make sculptures that seem caught in flypaper. In Hash’s almost classicist works, concrete limbs emerge from pools of Italian marble; the delicate folds of a hanging towel and a rippling curtain are frozen in cast concrete. While the towel hangs from the wall like a locker-room remnant, the curtain defies gravity like a stalagmite that, when peered into, reveals a mirror, and another world through the looking glass. This subject matter, in combination with Hash’s materials and their chroma, makes his sculptures feel almost funereal, memento mori.
Neidich catches a box fan, a muffler, and a container of protein powder stabbed with a curtain rod in distinct splashes of clear resin. Extending from the floor or ceiling, each object is suspended in motion. Sucked tight in the stiff, translucent material, these otherwise useful, butch things are preserved and rendered utterly useless, impotent.
The press release (penned by the female gallerist) presents the two-man show through the lens of a fictional construction company, riffing on both artists’ use of industrial materials. Though construction materials have featured in art by all genders, when employed here by two cis-male artists, it’s hard not to read into their chosen medium through the lens of masculinity. As gender goes fluid and binaries refract into spectrums, this exhibition is a curious reflection on the changing nature of our conceptions of “manliness.” Neidich’s works hover as artifacts of an industrial age trapped in preservatives for future archaeologists to analyze; Hash’s jut like tombstones from the future grave of the patriarchy. Masculinity is caught in Medusa’s glare.
Happy birthday, HILDE!
First of all, we wanted to thank each one of you for sharing the first year of our existence. It's been an incredible 365 days and it went by so fast. In one year, we were able to bring you 7 exhibitions including Apollo on Earth, The Edge of Doom, Hydrogenesis, Drone of Perseus, Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Virago, and Aleph and The Rock. We also inaugurated our first exhibition with Mind Control art fair. (Wouldn't those titles make for an excellent metal album? Ha!) On top of our regular exhibitions, we have had sound bathes, meditations, rituals, and sung to the music of plants. The list of our visitors this last year is long, but we've had the distinctions of visiting scholars, old friends, and new friends popping in to disseminate knowledge and increase the HILDE vibration. We are not us without you!
In this year, our audience has grown both nationally and internationally with a community of artists, writers, curators, collaborators, and clients from all over the world. The amount of love we've received in this year has been tremendous. We have been shown time and again the importance of art in our culture's current climate and the lengths to which we all go to keep it vital. We set out to create a space and give voice to emerging and established artists alike, while engaging in contemporary art dialogues that we felt is important.
We have also had the opportunity to take the show on the road a few times! We showed in San Francisco and Oakland; we are opening another exhibition in Houston, Texas this March and a pop up in Soho this May. There's talks for a potential exhibition in Stockholm this coming year and the list goes on.
We hope, pray, and work very hard for the privilege to continue the best possible programming as we seek to directly effect culture.
It takes a village to do anything worthwhile. In no specific order, we would like to thank a few people here! Special thanks to Georgia and Tony Bell for helping us find our home in Los Angeles. Thank you to our interns Charlotte Renner and Zoe Zaneteas. Much love to our neighbor and fabricator David. Thank you to our builder Luis! Thank you to the artists this year Eve Ackroyd, Carl D' Alvia, Grant Falardeau, Rebekah Goldstein, Gabriella Loeb, Megan Reed, Esther Ruiz, Tamra Seal, Sarah Thibault, Paul Waddell, Jake Ziemann, Louis Fratino, Heidi Hahn, Kristy Luck, Melanie Moczarski, Nicole Reber, Jennifer Remenchik, Sam Spano, David Ohlsson and Dit-Cilinn, LaTurbo Avedon, Robin Kang, Thomas Linder, Dmitiri Obergfell, Linnea Rygaard, Mark Sengbusch, Candice Breitz, Zoe Crosher, Shelley Holcomb, Haley Josephs, Jake Kean Mayman, Malin Gabriella Nordin, Anna Nordstrom, Nicole Reber, Anna Schachte, Robert Canali, Theodore Boyer, Melissa Brown, Lindsay Burke, Anthony Cudahy, Elizabeth Ferry, Haley Josephs, Hein Koh, Jaime Loera, Adam Novak, Hiba Schahbaz, Lauren Seiden, Michael Stamm, Kyle Staver, and Lani Trock. Other friends who have made our year so memorable include Dr. Lance Stone, Michael Landrum & Garrett Hunter, Fiona McKay and Alexis Barrell, Kim Light, the crew at Curate LA, Lindsay Zappos and the crew at CARLA, Cecillia Hillstrom, Missy Papageorge, Seffa and Kathy Klein, Johanna Friedman, Robert Patterson, Charles Papillo, Valerie and Jonathan Hirsch, Polyxeni and Agnes Langas, Katrina Neumann, Henry Gunderson, Daniel Lisi, Isabella Thelsius, Ally Hilfiger and Steve Hash, Natalia Rachlin, Momo the Pekinese, John Silvis, Dr. Kathy Battista, Rachel Zaretsky, Taj Robinson and Sam Ferguson, J. Parker Valentine, Rozae Nichols, Kari Wilson, Kari& Marcello Spampinato, Cris McCall, Meghan Gordon, Amanda Katz, Karolina Dankow, Anna Liejonhelm, Yevegeniya Baras and the folks at Regina Rex, Max Marshall, Karla Jade Evans, Jacqueline Falcone, Sarah Schulman, & Camilla Engstrom. Of course, thank you to our loving families and backbones. We appreciate you and thank you for sharing this year with us! L'Chaim! Tusen Takk! Tack! Gracias! Spa-see-ba!
From the bottom of our hearts,
Hilde Lynn Helphenstein & Derek Simons
HILDE opens 'Metaxis Uber Pool' in Houston on March 10th in partnership with Tienda X
HILDE on Artnet
artnet Asks: HILDE Gallery Owner Hilde Lynn Helphenstein on the Women-Run West Coast Art Scene
…and that one time her gallery became a cult chapel.
Her background as a trained artist and academic is where the traditional ends for HILDE gallery owner Hilde Lynn Helphenstein. In September 2017, 11 months after the opening of HILDE in Los Angeles, Helphenstein unveiled HILDE e.b., a second project space in Oakland. In her spaces, she seeks to spotlight philosophical, poetic quandaries, and provide artists with a platform for “fighting the darker aspects of contemporary culture.” From combating misogyny in the art world to welcoming artists into her home with complete freedom to create, there is an adventurous, unbounded quality evident in her endeavors.
H I L D E is back:
"DRONE OF PERSEUS"
(57 octaves below middle C)
opens September 9, 2017
HILDE takes summer sabbatical
It is with gratitude and excitement that we announce that Saturday, July 15th marks the finale of HYDROGENESIS as well as the end of our first season in Los Angeles. Though the gallery will be quiet, we will be busy. As we continue to develop our programming here in LA, we will also be expanding to the Bay Area in September for a special project. Look out for H I L D E e.b. (East Bay!) We are also working to bring new collaborative efforts between Scandinavian artists amidst Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco-based artists. It is an incredibly exciting time.
We will reopen on September 9th, 2017 in Los Angeles and TBA in the Bay Area. We will remain active on social media and will be sharing some of our studio visits while we are in Sweden and Norway this August. Join us at @hildegallery on Instagram and Twitter.
Thank you for your support and love in our first year! We look forward to a beautiful relationship.
-H I L D E
The second show at one of South Los Angeles’ newest gallery spaces, HILDE L.A., takes up a somewhat sinister image of “the edge of doom” set in one of those bleeding-heart, gushy romantic sonnet sequences of Shakespeare, at least as we usually like to read the Bard at face value. READ MORE
We may know Frieze Art Fair for their covetable street style and chic opening parties but this year we were determined to discover the artists making waves at the weekend-long art show. To get an expert opinion we asked curator and gallerist-on-the-rise, Hilde Helphenstein, of HILDE Gallery LA, to select five artists that are worth your attention this weekend. READ MORE.
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APOLLO ON EARTH @ HILDE reviewed by CARLA
EVE ACKROYD featured in Soho House Magazine
ESTHER RUIZ featured in Vice's Creators project for her exhibition at New Release in NYC