ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

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Galerie Ron Mandos is delighted to present SLOW, an exhibition with new paintings by Katinka Lampe (NL, 1963). In her newest works, Lampe has given a special role to the spectator. She allows us an unexpected view of models lying in repose, their heads tilted backwards or turned away, seemingly unaware of the attention they receive. Neither judging, nor forcing their view on us. Lampe’s newest paintings function as mirrors, showing us our reflection rather than the model’s identity, their feelings and beliefs.

Oh, would some Power give us the gift, to see ourselves as others see us! – Robert Burns (Scottish poet and lyricist), 1786

Mirror, mirror… we’re facing ourselves in a world on fire. The corona pandemic, worldwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations, global climate change. The internet has turned into an online battlefield of people impulsively posting their insubstantial opinions and obnoxious insults towards others. Despite the internet’s many advantages – our capacity to freely communicate on issues that truly matter, we are being overwhelmed by uninformed statements on a daily basis. In SLOW, Lampe argues for more self-reflection, for taking a step back, to listen, and to stop judging one another without discretion.

SLOW is also about the gentle and rigorous procedure that assures the impeccable finish of each painting. Her works often require up to ten layers of oil paint, each taking a week to dry. They are the result of highly stylized and choreographed compositions – photographed first, then drawn on paper and consequently cut out. The intricate stencils she uses to build up her layered works have become a trademark for Katinka Lampe. Her distinctive aesthetic seduces us to take time to slowly peel off the different layers and to contemplate the beauty of the paint on canvas.

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Galerie Ron Mandos presenteert met trots SLOW, een tentoonstelling met nieuwe schilderijen van Katinka Lampe (NL, 1963). In haar nieuwe serie werken neem je als beschouwer een bijzondere positie in. Het lijkt of de modellen zich niet bewust zijn dat er naar hen gekeken wordt. Je kunt kijken zonder zelf beoordeeld te worden.  De schilderijen werken als een spiegel; ze reflecteren meer dan dat ze zich opdringen.

Oh, would some Power give us the gift, to see ourselves as others see us! – Robert Burns (Scottish poet and lyricist), 1786

Spiegeltje, spiegeltje… de wereld staat in brand. Coronacrisis, wereldwijde Black Lives Matter-protesten, klimaatverandering. Stonden sociale mediakanalen drie jaar geleden nog vol selfies van mensen met make-up adviezen, nu lijkt iedereen vooral een sterke mening te hebben. Het internet is een slagveld van opinies; dagelijks wordt iemand aan de schandpaal genageld, verrot gescholden of bedreigd. Ondanks de grote voordelen van het internet – de mogelijkheid om vrij te communiceren over zaken die er werkelijk toe doen – worden we op dagelijkse basis overspoeld door impulsief genomen en ongefilterde opmerkingen. In de tentoonstelling SLOW pleit Katinka voor meer verdieping en beschouwing.

SLOW gaat ook over de rigoureuze procedure die de onberispelijke afwerking van elk schilderij vereist. Lampe’s schilderijen hebben vaak wel tien lagen olieverf nodig, die elk een droogtijd van een week hebben. Daarnaast zijn ze het resultaat van sterk gestileerde composities – eerst gefotografeerd, dan op papier getekend en vervolgens uitgesneden. De sjablonen die ze gebruikt om de gelaagde composities op te bouwen zijn een handelsmerk geworden voor Katinka Lampe. Haar kenmerkende esthetiek verleidt ons om de tijd te nemen en na te denken over de schoonheid van de olieverf op doek.

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.

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