You Look So Good in the Night
Solo Residency Exhibition
Exhibition dates: 22 – 31 July 2022
Private View: Thursday, 21 July 6-9 pm
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is thrilled to present “You Look So Good in the Night”, the Solo Residency Exhibition by Katharina Arndt, who has been working in the studio above the gallery space.
What do we look like?
By Stacie McCormick, Director of Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop
Observing, looking at, seeing others, dissecting the details of human sociology through our habits and our ‘costumes’ is the basis of the work painter Katharine Arndt has been exploring during her 3 month solo residency at Unit 1 Gallery|Workshop. Setting up a new work environment, in a new city is always challenging but in Katharina’s case it has allowed her to add a whole new population of ‘people’ and objects to her vocabulary of personalities. During her time here Katharina has pushed herself and experimented with subject and scale as well as new layering, these new works have multiple figures and a presence beyond the singular person or object – a wider atmosphere and mood to reflect the whole scene of youth and fashion. Katherina’s well practiced and understood naive style allows a playful approachability as well as the gift of humour. The works do poke fun at us, exaggerated gestures and body shapes amusingly reduced to single lines – pointy funny breasts, ‘roundy’ wiggly bottoms, arms up, attitude ‘on’ – the performance act of the of the players at the nightclub cantered on the DJ god unfolding in the darkness. Playing with scale and magnification Katharina steps us into the scene and it’s as though we enter the dance! Our peripheral vision echoed in the enlarging of the characters in the field of view. The cool smokers watching the DJ directing the sounds with flicks of yellow (paint) light smattering across the darkness. Further works in the exhibition you will find individual ‘portraits’ of the characters of the nightclub stage – the singer and the dancer and the ubiquitous smoker all in the dark but highlighted by the glow. The brave choice to make black paintings of night life is an instinctive and celebratory capture of a mood, a feeling – we have all been there. At the centre of Katharina’s practice lies her exploration of the superficiality of ‘always on the phone’ age. On her canvases, cartooned, laid-back figures manically scroll screens of smartphones, endlessly taking selfies, dancing in the darkness of bunker-like Berlin night venues shone upon by neon light. Her expression is reinforced by the artificial materials employed: lacquer paper and shiny acrylic paint and lacquer markers. On the glossy textures of her dark canvases, eerily free, oddly lazy figures undergo the metamorphosis into post-ugly bodies of consumption, producing a childish and gothic effect at the same time. These are Berliner Kinder – partying together, yet insulated from each other, merging into the whirl of artificial, mechanic, conformist dancing reality, descending into the abyss between the otherworldly and the everyday of the digital age. We are voyeur and seeing through Katharina’s lens that accentuates the absurdity and the madness of our constant display of ourselves to each other all the time in public and digitally and now in these rewarding and accomplished paintings.
Katharina Arndt was born in Germany and studied Fine Arts at Braunschweig School of Art, later obtaining her Master of Fine Arts by John Armleder. Katharina has shown in several galleries and museums in Europe, including Saatchi Gallery (London), Museum Villa Rot (Burgrieden) and Kunstverein (Hannover). Recently Arndt received funding from Kunstfond to support two upcoming projects in London and Berlin.
About Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is an exhibition and residency space in London and unique in its approach to bringing artists and their practices to the public. They support a diverse range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists by providing them with space and time to develop their practice, network within our growing community, be mentored by team members and crucially be introduced to their expansive network of collectors, art educators, professionals, and visitors.
Title: You Look so Good in the Night
Exhibition dates: 22 – 31 July 2022
Private view: Thursday, 21 July, 6-9pm
Address: Unit 1, 1 Bard Road, London, W10 6TP
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