The exhibition title N O C T U R A M A refers to the presentation of darkness as a basis for light and color. Especially in the artist’s recent works, there is a strong presence of night motifs and dark colors in a wide range of different shades.
N O C T U R A M A recalls the eponymous album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, released in 2003, whose hypnotic and melancholic power as well as its well balanced intonation of loud and soft sounds – or dark and bright colors – create a link to Heichel’s pictorial world. The song “There is a town” evokes the association to the “dark sky” of the so-called “Kerzer Nocturama”, an innovative zoo project in Switzerland: By filtering the sunlight, the visitor is enabled to explore a night world with its special flora and fauna. The fascination for the visitor consists of making surprising discoveries by walking through an artificial moonlight scene in a protected night setting during the day. Night and day are interchanged and Katrin Heichel’s works may have a similar impact on the viewer – the darkness bears secrets and increases our imagery phantasy.
Heichel’s paintings reclaim their actuality by frequently questioning pictorial traditions. The artist re-elaborates apparently “baroque” subjects and vanitas-motives in her art focusing on a reinterpretation of mainly still life and interior painting.
Katrin Heichel, born 1972 in Leipzig, 2000–2005 Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig at the class of Arno Rink, 2005–2008 “Meisterschülerin” (postgraduate) at the class of Neo Rauch; 2011 Scholarship of the International Studio and Curatorial Program New York, 2013 study visit in Catania, Sicily, 2014 Artist in residency at Bejing Cultural Development Co. Ltd., China; Solo exhibitions (selection): Fürth, GER (2014), Leipzig, GER (2013), New York (2011) and Essen, GER (2010). Group exhibitions (selection): Nurnberg, GER (2015), Leipzig (2015), Leverkusen, GER (2015), Jinan/China (2014), Zurich, CHE (2014), New York (2013), Karlsruhe, GER (2012), Dessau, GER (2011), Dresden, GER (2010), Berlin (2010).
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