July 19, 2019 - August 02, 2019
Studio 20

In today’s connected and networked times, the demand to be open and free fades away under interrupted globalizations and failed synchronizations. Our intercontinental aspirations get back to continental marks and references and we desperately call for help to familiar codes that will help to stay integral and not integrated and not break apart under the burden of hopes, pathos, past and heaviness.

Does such a situation require admiration, reverence, comfort or security, do we return home from temporary migrations when we receive that what dictates and differentiates?

By calling upon stereotypical motifs Katharina Maderthaner creates new compositions and combinations that attempt to evade specific differentiations and assignments. In her work United which was created especially for the room situation of Studio 20, she uses familiar images and concepts as “raw material”, reduces them to their ornament to create yet another pattern of relationships between personal and collective, universality and localization.

Patterns and forms are reduced to surfaces and to new patterns that collide together, contrast anew what is already contrasted, tangle up images and codes that invade and insist. Fluctuating in their patterns and references they become a mere game of design and global contexts - released from their burdening relevance and imposing affiliation and dissolved ornamentally.

Mixing common materials and associations, Katharina Maderthaner considers the patterns between familiar and unknown, trivial and glorified, significant and taken as granted, territoriality and subjugation, inclusion and exclusion.

The artist proposes a mixture of stripes, colored surfaces and characters that are recycled, brought back to their initial material signification and recycled back for application.

Katharina Maderthaner (*1982) lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. She studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, she had numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Works by Maderthaner are in public as well as private collections, i.a. Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf , Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster Aachen, Gustav-Lübcke-Museum Hamm, Museum im Busch, Etaneno, Namibia etc.