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Tim Van Laere Gallery opens an exhibition of new works by Kati Heck
Installation view. Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.

ANTWERP.- Tim Van Laere Gallery presents Kati Heck's fourth solo exhibition: All my friends are wild. In this exhibition Heck shows a series of new paintings, textile works, photographs and a bronze sculpture.

Kati Heck’s masterful virtuosity is unmistakable. She portrays her figures in a photo-realistic manner with great attention to every detail. She combines that precision with abstractions and parts that are applied almost sculpturally on canvas. Most of her subjects are derived from her immediate surroundings, making most her works populated by her friends, neighbors and pets. Her works reminds us of the bars, dancers and actors of Otto Dix and George Grosz, but also refer to Jean-Michael Basquiat and the Old Masters. With her works, Heck synthesizes different styles, combining elements from expressionism and surrealism with social realism.

With her new series of works, Heck shows an alternative universe, inspired by the ideas of philosopher Donna Haraway. Haraway has had a major impact on contemporary social sciences and philosophy through her highly original way of thinking with which she moves between theory and fiction. In her books A Cyborg Manifesto and Staying with the trouble, she sketches stories in a fantastic universe populated by transfuturistic life forms. The scene in Heck's work Tafelrunde: Wässerung, 2019, builds on this idea of multi-biological society, where human and non-human life forms talk together at the table. Just like Haraway, Heck examines and observes her environment and current discussions and transforms them into her own findings, narratives and visual language. This Dadaistic process is reflected in both her figures and words. In the work Probe Pflanzung, 2019, we see a man whose right foot seems to disappear in a white cloud. A hybrid figure with an amputated leg offers him a horse's hoof instead. The same idea of bodily collages also comes back in Meisterengelchen: Pufff, 2019 where a weathered woman can be seen with wings and distorted hands. With this Heck responds to the classical archetype of the fallen angel. The work also shows itself as the opposite of Der herrliche Selbstbetrug, 2012, in which Heck portrayed herself with the same stick as a nomad who embarks on a tough journey.

Kati Heck (°1979, Düsseldorf, Germany) lives and works in Pulle. Recent solo exhibitions include Sadie Coles HQ, London; M HKA, Antwerp; Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; CAC, Malaga; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Her work is part of public collections such as M HKA, Antwerp; CAC, Malaga; City of Antwerp; The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas; Pompidou Center, Paris; Hall Art Foundation, Reading; La Maison Rouge, Paris; Middelheim Museum, Antwerp; Museum De Domijnen, Sittard; Mu.ZEE, Ostend; Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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