Kati Heck: All my friends are wild

Kati Heck: All my friends are wild

Tim Van Laere Gallery

Kati Heck, Tafelrunde: Wässerung, 2019. Oil, crayon and feather on canvas, 180 x 280 cm.

May 20, 2019
Kati Heck
All my friends are wild
May 23–July 6, 2019
Opening: May 23, 6–9pm
Tim Van Laere Gallery
Jos Smolderenstraat 50
2000 Antwerp
Instagram / Facebook

Tim Van Laere Gallery presents Kati Heck’s fourth solo exhibition: All my friends are wild. In this exhibition Heck shows a series of new paintings, textile works, photos and a bronze sculpture.

Kati Heck’s masterful virtuosity is unmistakable. She portrays her figures in a photo-realistic manner with great attention to every detail. She combines that precision with abstractions and parts that are applied almost sculpturally on canvas. Most of her subjects are derived from her immediate surroundings, making most her works populated by her friends, neighbors and pets. Her works reminds us of the bars, dancers and actors of Otto Dix and George Grosz, but also refer to Jean-Michael Basquiat and the Old Masters. With her works, Heck synthesizes different styles, combining elements from expressionism and surrealism with social realism.

With her new series of works, Heck shows an alternative universe, inspired by the ideas of 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. In her books A Cyborg Manifesto and Staying with the trouble, she sketches stories in a fantastic universe populated by transfuturistic life forms. The scene in Heck’s work Tafelrunde: Wässerung, 2019, builds on this idea of ​​multi-biological society, where human and non-human life forms talk together at the table. Just like Haraway, Heck examines and observes her environment and current discussions and transforms them into her own findings, narratives and visual language. This Dadaistic process is reflected in both her figures and words. In the work Probe Pflanzung, 2019, we see a man whose right foot seems to disappear in a white cloud. A hybrid figure with an amputated leg offers him a horse’s hoof instead. The same idea of ​​bodily collages also comes back in Meisterengelchen: Pufff, 2019 where a weathered woman can be seen with wings and distorted hands. With this Heck responds to the classical archetype of the fallen angel. The work also shows itself as the opposite of Der herrliche Selbstbetrug, 2012, in which Heck portrayed herself with the same stick as a nomad who embarks on a tough journey.

Kati Heck (1979, Düsseldorf, Germany) lives and works in Pulle. Recent solo exhibitions include Sadie Coles HQ, London; M HKA, Antwerp; Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; CAC, Malaga; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Her work is part of public collections such as M HKA, Antwerp; CAC, Malaga; City of Antwerp; The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas; Pompidou Center, Paris; Hall Art Foundation, Reading; La Maison Rouge, Paris; Middelheim Museum, Antwerp; Museum De Domijnen, Sittard; Mu.ZEE, Ostend; Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

RSVP for Kati Heck: All my friends are wild
Tim Van Laere Gallery
May 20, 2019

Thank you for your RSVP.

Tim Van Laere Gallery will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.