Submission
Cornelia Baltes

Tit for Tat


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Cornelia Baltes, installation view ‘Tit for Tat’, 2020
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Cornelia Baltes, Con, 2020, acrylic on canvas and mural (dimensions variable)
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Cornelia Baltes, Con, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 140 x 3 cm
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Cornelia Baltes, Nat, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 230 x 170 x 3 cm
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Cornelia Baltes, Nic Nac, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 2 x 80 x 60 x 3 cm
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Cornelia Baltes, installation view ‘Tit for Tat’, 2020
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Cornelia Baltes, Noy, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 150 x 3 cm
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Cornelia Baltes, Sig, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 200 x 3 cm
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Cornelia Baltes, Loy, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 150 x 3 cm
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Cornelia Baltes, installation view, Yeb, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 x 3 cm; Yee, acrylic on canvas, 230 x 170 x 3 cm

Cornelia Baltes is known for her captivating paintings and installations which teeter between abstraction and figuration. Bold colour fields are juxtaposed with gestural brushstrokes and more pictorial elements, fizzing with a dynamic energy and enigmatic narrative(s).

The exhibition marks a development in Baltes’ practice, embellishing and enriching her visual lexicon further. Here, Baltes’ formally astute paintings explore the medium itself. A mural interacting and completing a painting, playful diptychs, and a combination of classical hangings with more lively, absurd and unexpected placements, such as a painting that “walks” into the wall, results in an exhibition which keeps the viewer on their toes.

The short name-like letter combinations which form Baltes’ titles lend the feeling of characters in a play, suggesting that the exhibition space is a kind of stage which we have entered, becoming entangled with Baltes’ story.