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Kim Bartelt

Berlin, Germany

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Collage, Malerei • Born in Berlin, Germany • Studied at BFA Parsons School of Design, New York
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'A Fleur de Peau'

Kim Bartelts latest series consists of big and middle formats on canvas. With these new works Kim Bartelt remained true to her minimalistic approach.
From tissue papers which the artist collected over 2 decades she creates mostly rectangular shapes which are moved and positioned on the canvas until the perfect placement is found. The forms create a dialogue with each other and with the canvas itself.
Her works are defined through...

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Kim Bartelts latest series consists of big and middle formats on canvas. With these new works Kim Bartelt remained true to her minimalistic approach.
From tissue papers which the artist collected over 2 decades she creates mostly rectangular shapes which are moved and positioned on the canvas until the perfect placement is found. The forms create a dialogue with each other and with the canvas itself.
Her works are defined through a harmonious transcendent lightness, which lets you discover the depth, the torn and the non perfect only when you are close enough.
The images play with the distinction between that which is near, and that which is distant, between that which lies upon and that which lies underneath, between fragmentation and completeness.
Through the chosen materials another layer is being added to her work. Acrylic paint covers up, it hides what is underneath; but the tissue papers are transparent, they show what is beneath them. They reveal more than they hide.
Kim Bartelt's latest works have been inspired by J.M.W. Turner's watercolours.

Luzern 40x50 cm paper on canvas 2015

Luzern 40x50 cm paper on canvas 2015

The Red Rigi 80 x 100cm paper on canvas 2016

The Red Rigi 80 x 100cm paper on canvas 2016

detail of the Red Rigi showing the papers which are glued to the canvas

detail of the Red Rigi showing the papers which are glued to the canvas

Lake Lucerne 125x175cm paper and oil pastel on canvas 2017

Lake Lucerne 125x175cm paper and oil pastel on canvas 2017

Lake Lucerne 125x175cm paper and oil pastel on canvas 2017

Lake Lucerne 125x175cm paper and oil pastel on canvas 2017

detail of Lake Lucerne

detail of Lake Lucerne

Castle of Chillon 100x100cm paper on canvas 2017

Castle of Chillon 100x100cm paper on canvas 2017

Detail of Castle of Chillon

Detail of Castle of Chillon

working on the maps

working on the maps

detail of the old school maps

detail of the old school maps

Mittleres Saaletal 80x120cm paper on old schoolmap 2017

Mittleres Saaletal 80x120cm paper on old schoolmap 2017

Norddeutsches Tiefland 80x120 cm paper on old school map 2017

Norddeutsches Tiefland 80x120 cm paper on old school map 2017

Detail Norddeutsches Tiefland

Detail Norddeutsches Tiefland

Luzern at studio hettler.tullman

Luzern at studio hettler.tullman

detail of Luzern

detail of Luzern

The Bay of Uri 88x110cm paper on paper 2018

The Bay of Uri 88x110cm paper on paper 2018

detail of The Bay of Uri

detail of The Bay of Uri

Detail of Bay of Uri

Detail of Bay of Uri

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

The silence

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Paper, thin papers. I have stopped using actual paint a few years ago and only 'paint' with coloured transparent tissue papers. They help me achieve the desired layers while preserving a transparency. When I layer many of them they even start to take on a fresco-esque aspect which is very interesting.

What themes do you pursue?

I try to create spaces where the mind can be still. This is achieved through transparency, delicate texture, layers and geometric forms which provide a structure and therefore a space to feel safe.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

My painting teacher Judy Glantzman in New York said: 'Don't let anyone into your studio as long as your art is not ready to be seen'. This advice helped me to stay focused on my work and not hurry out with half finished or not thought through works. It made me work very secluded for many years, and I didn’t carry my work outside the studio very much. I enjoy every minute in the studio and the process of creation itself very much. I believe that this advice gave me the quiet I needed to develop my art, and allowed it enough time to mature.

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

Translating books or poetry from other languages is something I find very interesting. It demands 'reading between the lines' and 'understanding the thing as a whole', which is necessary for the creation of a visual art work as well.

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Home, lakes and the sea.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015

A Fleur de Peau, Galerie Lacke Farben, Berlin, Germany

2013

Wide Nights, Galerie Lacke Farben, Berlin, Germany

2000

Winter Tales, Villa d'Este, Como, Italy

GROUP

2014

Weihnachtsausstellung im Löwenpalais, Stiftung Starke, Berlin

Berliner Liste (now Discovery Art Fair) mit Galerie Lacke Farben

2013

Berliner Liste (now Discovery Art Fair) mit Galerie Lacke Farben

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PUBLICATIONS

EDUCATION (detailed)

1994, Icart - École des Metiers de la Culture et du Marché de l'Art

1998, BFA Parsons School of Design, New York, USA


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