Galerie Ron Mandos will present new works by Esther Tielemans, Katinka Lampe and Troika at Art Rotterdam 2019. These artists have in common that they draw you in with their seductive use of materials and colors: soft pastels, saturated hues and alluring gradients. But once their works have caught your attention, they reveal a surprising disruptiveness, asking urgent questions about society and prompting discussions. What you see is not always what you get.


Esther Tielemans
Galerie Ron Mandos recently started representing Esther Tielemans: at Art Rotterdam 2019, the gallery will show her work for the first time. Starting from a fascination with landscapes, the artist is interested in the fundaments of painting. Her works slowly became more abstract and evolved into three-dimensional constellations, their glossy surfaces reflecting observers and their surroundings. These reflections evoke dreams and memories, in which the boundaries between reality and imagination fade away.

Katinka Lampe
Katinka Lampe explores questions of identity and origin. Inspired by the diversity on the streets of her home town Rotterdam and by Herman Pleij’s writings on identity, her new series of portraits takes on questions of appropriation, shared history and lived experience. Lush in tonality, the works stay true to the artist’s ethereal style of portraiture. Lampe: ‘My goal is to make connections. I want to question, unsettle, move, and comfort.’

The London-based collective Troika is formed by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel. Galerie Ron Mandos will show new works that are closely connected to their large-scale installation Borrowed Light, currently on view at The Barbican, London. Taking colorful gradients on photographic film as a starting point, Troika’s work demands the active perception of the viewer. The artists are interested in the ways in which the digital world informs and crosses over into the physical one.

Galerie Ron Mandos can be found at booth 36 of the Main Section. Work by Esther Tielemans can also be found at the Now/Forever Section. Art Rotterdam is open to the public from 7 until 10 February. For more information about tickets and times, please visit artrotterdam.com.

ABOUT Katinka Lampe

Born in 1963 in Tilburg, NL
Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL

Katinka Lampe traverses the realms of figurative, expressionist, and abstract painting in her soft, yet uncanny, portraits. Her works, though imbued with a sense of realism, are not meant to represent those that they depict. Resemblance is not the defining characteristic of these pieces. Instead, the artist sees the figures as visual impressions that, once transformed by her gaze, become representative of larger themes within society, rather than the individual.

Lampe often uses accessories loaded with connotation to provoke loose characterizations of theme and mood. The imposed roles played by her models, their poses, expressions, and their way of being dressed, mostly copied from magazines, the internet or old master paintings, obscure their personality and provoke deeper and subjective meaning in the minds of the viewers. Through these juxtapositions the artist explores important societal themes relating to identity, aging, color, and the ever-growing dependence on media.

Katinka Lampe is an artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She received her degree from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally in a variety of galleries, museums, and prominent art fairs such as Museum Arnhem, Arnhem,NL: Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; Singer Museum, Laren, NL, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL ; Untitled Art San Francisco, USA and Untitled, Art, Miami Beach, USA. Her work is included in the collections of 21C Museum Hotels, USA; West Sun Capital Collection, Montreal,CA: Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL; APMA, AmorePacific Museum of Art Seoul, KR; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; C.N.A.P Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris, FR; Museum More, Gorssel, NL; Schunck*, Heerlen, NL; Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam,Nl; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL; ING Collection, Amsterdam, NL; Art Curial, Paris, FR; Frisseras Museum Athens, GR, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection.


ABOUT Troika

Troika is a collaborative contemporary art practice formed by Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b. 1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) in 2003.

With a particular interest in perception and spatial experience, their collective works challenge our prescriptions of knowledge, control, and what it means to be human in an age of technology.

Troika’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum London, The Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA New York and the Israel Museum. In 2010, Troika was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to produce three site-specific installations for the UK Pavilion, designed by Heatherwick Studio, at the Shanghai Expo. In 2014 Troika was selected to present their work ‘Dark Matter’ at Unlimited, Art Basel.

Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel live and work in London.