Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

Katinka Lampe - In Times of Bigotry

April 29 - June 3, 2017

Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to present the new exhibition In Times of Bigotry by Katinka Lampe. The selected works on display highlight Lampe’s interpretation and imagery surrounding the phenomenon ‘bigotry’.

The inspiration of the theme bigotry developed as a result of the extremes in the current political atmosphere, and societal discourse. Lampe makes works using terms such as extremity, clashing realities, and black & white. This is how she came to create the work of an (innocent) child wearing a muzzle, she painted her most white painting yet, and her most extreme black canvas. For the white works, Lampe asked albino models to pose for her. More so than in previous series, light, or the absence thereof, plays a roll.

The painting itself is a slow process. The works often have up to ten layers of paint, and each layer needs one week to dry. This rigorous procedure assures the impeccable  nish of the  nal piece. Additionally, through using moulds, Lampe’s works contain a certain sense of control, giving the work a somewhat arti cial feel.

Although at  rst glance the paintings may appear portrait-like, the focus is not on those portrayed. The personal qualities and individual characteristics of the model are removed with the greatest of ease. The model serves only as a means through which Lampe’s interpretation of the world, and the theme in which she works, can be depicted. Through this distance to traditional portraiture, Lampe has the freedom to add and remove aspects as she sees  t. The majority of the models are young, a conscious choice as their facial expressions are less formed, and the young faces and expressions can more easily be shaped to suit Lampe’s vision. This artistic process is Lampe’s way of researching and understanding the world, culture and identity.

Lampe’s paintings are highly aesthetic, technically skilled, and simultaneously convey a sense of mystery. They often contain a surprising element, or a subtle imperfection, which may unhinge the viewer. In Times of Bigotry shows the exciting developments in Katinka Lampe’s oeuvre.

Katinka Lampe was educated at the Academy of Art and Design in ‘s Hertogenbosch. She has exhibited in, amongst others, Museum Arnhem, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, De Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Amorepacic Museum of Art, Seoul, and Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris. Lampe’s works can be found in collections such as Museum Arnhem, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, Museum More, Gorssel, Schunck*, Heerlen, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, ING, Amsterdam, Salon Dahlmannm Berlin, Art Curial, Paris, Frisseras Museum, Athens, AKZO Art Foundation, Amsterdam, De Heus-Zomer, Barneveld, and Hugo & Carla Brown Collection, The Hague.

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ABOUT Katinka Lampe

Katinka Lampe (1963, Tilburg, NL) 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 uses accessories loaded with connotation to provoke loose characterizations of theme and mood. The seemingly simple inclusion of wigs and false lashes, or the placement of a scarf, alter the interpretation of the children depicted and imply elevated symbolic and metaphorical status that requires deeper interpretation. The result creates a catalyst to provoke deeper and subjective meaning in the minds of the viewers. Through these juxtapositions the artist explores important societal themes relating aging, race, and the ever-growing dependence on media.

Katinka Lampe is an artist based out of 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 Van Loon, Amsterdam, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, and Untitlled Art Fair, Miami Beach. Her work is included in the collections of Museum 21C, United States; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem; APMA, AmorePacific Museum of Art Seoul, Korea; Salon Dahlmann, Berlin; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; C.N.A.P Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris; Museum More, Gorssel; Schunck*, Heerlen; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam; Art Curial, Paris; Frisseras Museum Athens, Greece; and in many other prominent collections. Lampe’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ArtTravel Magazine, ELLE Décor, and Public Art Magazine, among others.