Tim Van Laere Gallery
24/11/2016 – 21/1/2017
Tim Van Laere Gallery presents Kati Heck – Meister Stuten Stellvertreter. If painting is a language Kati Heck speaks it in all dialects. The 20th century saw painting analyzed and deconstructed until we declared it dead. In her intuitive manner, Heck revives painting into a new form, creating a universe that captivates us.
Don’t let her fool you. At nine months pregnant Kati Heck may appear to be lounging with a cat on her lap, but, as always, she is patiently plotting the moment women, for the benefit of the world, take it over. She is the motherly embodiment of nature vs. nurture. She’ll roast you a chicken, invite you for dinner, and sit across from you with that particular smile of hers examining the way your teeth come together while you chew. She will join you while you drink yourself under the table and then hold a magnifying glass to the dribble coming off your chin. Heck keeps us on our toes. Her paintings, like her presence, hold us accountable for existing. Her work can be as playful as it is brutal, beautiful as it is grotesque, often at the same time.
Kati Heck (b. Dusseldorf, Germany) lives in Antwerp with her husband. Though her work spans sculptural installation, short film, and photography, s he is best known for her large-scale paintings.
The work for her exhibition, Meister Stuten Stellvertreter, began by listening to the Gustav Mahler song, Ich Bin der Welt Abhanden Gekommen, I am Lost to the World.