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Katrien de blauwer

Katrien de blauwer

Love me tender

Exhibition from 18 May to 15 June 2019

Two years after her solo exhibition, the galerie Les filles du calvaire is delighted to announce the exhibition Love Me Tender by Katrien de Blauwer, simultaneous with the release of two new books by the artist Why I Hate Cars and Dirty Scenes, published by Libraryman.

The artistic practice of Katrien de Blauwer, who lives and works in Antwerp (Belgium), explores the realm of collage. Rather than a category or a compartmentalising genre, this term should be interpreted as a notion of total commitment. Her artistic idyll with collage started early, when, as a young woman, she studied art and fashion. Like a prelude to her current research, her mood books from that period already displayed a compulsive desire for images and for what lies beyond the image, a fascination for the image’s construction.

For the galerie Les filles du calvaire, Katrien de Blauwer has developed two new series, two narratives in which she delicately reveals herself. As a support to her painted collages, the artist finds inspiration in her childhood memories. In Love Me Tender, both the title of the series and of the exhibition, the male figure is central through its absence. Only men’s attributes remain: cars, roads taken and the elegance of the women encountered; all viewed through the fantasies of a young girl. As for the Dirty Scenes, although they remain discreet, they reveal a little more femininity.

 

Book signing at the gallery sunday 19th may – 3 pm

Katinka Lampe

Katinka Lampe

Instadentity

Exhibition from 18 May to 15 June 2019

Three years after her last exhibition at the gallery, Dutch artist Katinka Lampe returns to Paris with a new set of paintings. Lampe’s work nearly always explores the question of our relationship with identity, whether it be intimate or overtly exposed. This time, she envisages the problematic construction of the image of oneself and of the other through the prism of social networks.

Instadentity reworks in painting the narcissistic ambiguity encouraged by social networks, of which adolescents are the first victims – and also the first players. Waiting for confirmation from others, implicated in a constant competition: Katinka Lampe’s models pose the question of the virtual connection, which aspires to reality. The result is neither criticism nor negative; it is, in the first instance, creative work. How does one accept the image of the other and construct one’s own? Finally, Lampe offers spectators the same games as Instagram: identities constructed and disguised which result in a haziness in the reciprocal recognition of the self and the other. Behind the expression of virtual identity there also lies the question of potential identity. By tending to the image and artifices of her models, the artist augments possibilities and plays with the multiple reality of the personality. The desire for transformation, crystallised by social networks, projects identity towards the future, like a desired-for becoming, always more beautiful.

 

Performance Instadentity with Katinka Lampe on Saturday 18 May 2019 – 5pm

Katinka Lampe will bring her models to life through a performance involving four or five dancers. Young, untouchable, fashionable and proud, they’ll fill the gallery space the way their images fill the canvas. The paintings then come to life in a protean choreography, between approach and catwalk and ballet movements. To get our “likes,” they’ll play out their role that they’ve proudly constructed for their new fictive lives.