Katharina Arndt at Unit 1 gallery

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October 22, 2022
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Solo exhibition "You look so Good in the Night"

"You look so Good in the Night" | Katharina Arndt |Unit 1 Gallery Workshop

The Munchies art club shares the solo residency exhibition "You look so Good in the Night" from our featured artist Katharina Arndt at the Unit 1 Gallery workshop after working 3 months above the gallery space.

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Installation view | Image courtesy the artist | Image courtesy the artist

Duration:

22.-30.07.2022

Opening hours:

Tue-Sat 11am-5pm

Location:

Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop

Unit 1, 1 Bard Road

London W10 6TP

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Installation view | Image courtesy the artist

Observing, looking at, seeing others, dissecting the details of human sociology through our habits and our ‘costumes’ is the basis of the work painter Katharina Arndt has been exploring during her 3 month solo residency at Unit 1 Gallery |Workshop. 

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Beautiful Girl (sketch) | 2022 | Acrylic paint and marker on paper | 42 × 29,7 cm| Image courtesy the artist

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. 

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Installation view | Image courtesy the artist

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. 

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I’m so annoyed | 2022 | Acrylic paint and marker on paper | 100 × 70 cm | Image courtesy the artist

Katherina’s well practiced and understood naive style allows a playful approachability as well as the gift of humour. 

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Installation view works on paper | Image courtesy the artist

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. 

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Pink hair, #2 | 2022 | Acrylic paint and marker on paper | 100 × 70 cm | Image courtesy the artist

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. 

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Overground | 2022 | Acrylic paint on canvas | 450 × 190 cm | Image courtesy the artist

The cool smokers watching the DJ directing the sounds with flicks of yellow (paint) light smattering across the darkness. 

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Smoking audience (sketch) | 2022 | Acrylic paint and marker on paper | 42 × 29,7 cm | Image courtesy the artist

Further works in the exhibition you will find are 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. 

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Night clubbing | 2022 | Acrylic paint on canvas | 450 × 190 cm | Image courtesy the artist

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. 

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You are WOW (sketch) | 2022 | Acrylic paint and marker on paper | 42 × 29,7 cm | Image courtesy the artist

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. 

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Blowing smoke like a dragon |  2022 | Acrylic paint on canvas | 190 × 140 cm | Image courtesy the artist

Her expression is reinforced by the artificial materials employed: lacquer paper and shiny acrylic paint and lacquer markers.

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Installation view | Image courtesy the artist

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. 

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Some more beers (sketch) | 2022 | Acrylic paint and marker on paper | 42 × 29,7 cm | Image courtesy the artist

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.

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Installation view The girls drawings | Image courtesy the artist

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.

Text by Stacie McCormick, Founder and Director

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The red dress | 2022 | Acrylic paint on canvas | 190 × 140 cm| Image courtesy the artist

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