This year, RONMANDOS gallery presents a very exiting exhibition at Carré du Louvre, with a video by Arthur Kleinjan entitled “Skipping”, paintings by Annemiek de Beer and Katinka Lampe and this time a specially made sculpture by Renato Nicolodi.
Katinka Lampe paints portraits, but the images are not portraits of specific persons. The paintings have got their own reality, made out of formal means and therefore are in fact abstract. Lampe shows us an illusion. A portrait is recognized, but by constant stressing the artificiality of painting, an act that is not referring to reality but to a designed reality, the viewer is challenged. The portraits are ‘unusual’ and artificial, with too big a nose, too much make up or hairs like a wig; they are imperfect on purpose. It is a performance: a way of appearing that just isn’t true. The message is that we are looking at paint on canvas and that all of our emotions regarding the depicted models are utterly out of place. Seemingly effortless, Lampe knows how to control paint. The colourful portraits by Katinka Lampe are a treat to look at.
Annemiek de Beer
The paintings of Annemiek de Beer are figurative, abstract and fictitiously at the same time. The reality forms a journey to abstraction. Her work tells about structures, repetition, her fascination for nature, but also about paint, colour, form and composition. Annemiek de Beer paints with egg tempera and marble powder on canvas. Because of this her work gets a particular, organic, transparent ‘skin’.
Annemiek studied at the ‘Ateliers’ in Amsterdam and the academy in Kampen.
Arthur Kleinjan (1970) studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He lives and works in Rotterdam.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at The Essl Collection (Vienna, Austria), Western Front (Vancouver, Canada) and 2YK Gallery (Berlin, Germany). He has participated in exhibitions such as the Biennal of Contemporary Art in Bari (Italy), in the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), as well as in the Busan Biennial (Korea) last month.
In Arthur Kleinjan’s video work and photography, a fascinating exploration of visual perception is merged with a metaphysical sensation of place, identity and time as he transforms apparently simple moments into something complex and evocative.
Renato Nicolodi is a rising star in the Flemish art world. He studied at the Sint Lucas academy in Brussel and at the moment at the HISK in Antwerp.
The architectural work of Nicolodi looks monumental. The artist is inspired by classic big city architecture that he uses to create his own models. Only until the spectator enters the artwork and looks at it very closely, only then he can seize it. Different perspectives and see-troughs reveal a subtle play of light. The pure form almost becomes sacral.