Sophie von Hellermann’s breezy and cheerful compositions are dreamy narrations grounded in real-life events and historical places. The large-scale canvases in her current exhibition at Greene Naftali are very much moored to the place where they were made. Ileden, the show’s title, refers to the historically-rich rural area in Kent where a new studio space provided much of von Hellermann’s subject matter. Pushing World War II and Anglo-Saxon history on a cloud of playful airiness seems facetious at first but deft compositional arrangements and skilful color orchestrations force multi-dimensional readings that absolve the works from triviality. Instead, von Hellermann’s paintings evoke an ethereal playfulness that allows them to glide into an abstract perpetuity where history is hinted at but remains elusive. At Greene Naftali through February 2.