Kati Heck: All my friends are wild
Tim Van Laere Gallery, 2019
Kati Heck’s masterful virtuosity is unmistakable. She portrays her figures in a photorealistic way with great attention to every detail. She combines that precision with abstractions and parts that are applied almost sculpturally on canvas. With her works, Heck synthesizes different styles, combining elements from expressionism and surrealism with social realism. Her works are reminiscent of the bars, dancers and actors of Otto Dix and George Grosz, but also refer to Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Dada
movement, Man Ray and the Old Masters.
For her solo exhibition All my friends are wild at Tim Van Laere Gallery, Heck was inspired by the ideas of the philosopher Donna Haraway. Haraway has had a major impact on contemporary social sciences and philosophy through her highly original way of thinking with which she moves between theory and fiction. This idea of equality between sexes, organisms, and other life forms is what attracted Heck to Haraway’s philosophy. With her new series of works, Heck wants to show an alternative universe in which everyone sits down at the table, talks to each other and explores new physical possibilities. She shows a world in which the division has disappeared and the freedom to be who we want to be seems infinite.