Katharina Arndt (b.1981) is a painter from Germany who lives and works between Berlin and Barcelona. She studied Fine Arts at Braunschweig school of art and later on obtained her Master of Fine Arts by John Armleder. Her fast and colorful paintings ironizes the contemporary mass consumerist aesthetic of a decadent, abundant society in picturing her everyday life in the digital age.
Symbol for this is the topic 'surface' - social, cultural, material. In the hyperreal and at the same time immaterial online world, only the visual appearance dominates - of ourselves and the products we are supposed to buy. We stroke the glossy screen of our smartphone countless times a day, the bodies are hairless, the corners round, the sunglasses mirrored. The smooth appears as a metaphor for resistance, eternal youth, as artificial, uncritical, superficial, conformist. She transfers this topic material and content wise into painting. She works on artificial media such as Latex canvas, lacquer fabric and Plexiglas with glossy acrylic paint and markers. She sees her work as a psychogram of a positivist consumer society that tries to escape its own mortality.
“Whoop Whoop” at Vin Gallery
28 October - 30 November 2023
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