In times of cultivating the rational, the well articulated and formal, the invisible and blurry gets devaluated and set aside. Ambiguous fears, desires, hopes, the denied, the not logical and non-sense – we now find them in the cellar.
With this installation Bartis and Marotta use painting’s essence as a medium to open gates into the subjective, balancing on senses, gut feelings and strange projections.
Two body of works are intertwined and therefore they can tap into each other. Two processes flow their own ways and meet here in a space created cooperatively. Just like water, that forms an expanse and as a meeting point for this exhibition; a neutral common ground for creating together. Water as life, a safe space, an in between space, a desire. It’s here where our suggestions (outputs) on what they could and would not rationalise stem from.
Coline Marotta’s works exists in a dreamy universe where water assists the mood of her characters, while it is the setting of the desired place to be as well: either the idealised past or the near future. She offers a place of contemplation to us, while herself musing through the process of painting.
Kinga Bartis’ works are reflections on existence and similar matters in various power relations. Leaning heavily on her political and cultural background her canvases are a mix of personal mythology, sociological and other cultural elements and results of the painting process itself.
Both practices are balancing on fluidity, hard texture, transparency and opacity. The motives often placed by- or with-in water, in a mental landscape balancing between diverse realities.
Coline Marotta received an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Arts of Fine Arts in 2017. Her work has been exhibited at Public Gallery, V1 Gallery, Alice Folker Gallery, The Tennis Elbow, and Kunstverein Reutlingen. Marotta lives and works in Copenhagen.
Kinga Bartis received an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Arts of Fine Arts in 2018 and holds a master degree in social sciences. After graduation she has exhibited in Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and England, and has recently shown her works at Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling. Bartis lives and works in Copenhagen.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and Tapet Cafe, Gentofte.