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Life and Work

Katharina Schilling © Philip Poppek

In Katharina Schilling's painting, well-known everyday objects – vases, sponges, fruits, or template-like drawings float weightlessly in images free from time and space. Shadowless and flawless, the objects stand out against reduced backgrounds and maintain their inwardness in supposed calm and order. In the images, speculation about preservation and negation is reflected in the arrangement and oscillation of objectivity and abstraction.

Katharina Schilling isolates items from their original context and emphasizes them on the canvas. With an apparent lightness the objects move around the image space, either alone or in nonhierarchical clusters. In the work »Rhubarb« (2018), rhubarb stalks frolic in a seemingly random juxtaposition in front of a background painted with equally delicate color pigments. Their curved form is reflected in the template-like drawing of a finger – a pawn of our world today that is shaped by information technology and the flood of images. Thrown into a new context, into a supposed state of simultaneity – without any recognizable relation to each other –the motifs evade an unambiguous interpretation. The isolation and the representation of the objects in formal perfection immediately trigger the desire to touch – as if one could grasp the objects.

The artist addresses the canvas with the same special attention. Separated from the objects in the foreground, the definitely designed canvas backgrounds tell of their own independence. Coloring, folding, or rubbing the background results in completely unique structures. This is how the work »Pool «(2016) captivates with its unique pattern. In addition, the rounded corners give the work an autonomous objecthood. In her most recent pictures, »The Gift« (2017) and »Little Dark Age« (2018), the artist emphasizes the objectivity of the image carrier even more intensely. Like Gotthardt Graubner's »Farbraumkörper (Color Space Body)«, Katharina Schilling's images gain physicality and spatial impact by use of stretcher frames and foam layers. In addition, they obtain sensual qualities through their softness and curves. In a fast-paced world in which painting has long since lost its sovereignty in terms of image generation to other, technological media, the artist knows how to use it as a true medium of deceleration.

Katharina Schillings newest works are „paintings of a new dark age, in which increasing technological complexity produces a world in which we understand less and less.“
For this the artist borrows from a pictorial repertoire, namely: medieval manuscripts. „Cropped scenes of biblical crusades result in assemblages of limbs, animal and human, that trail into and back out of the image in continuous torrents. The historicity of the visual language calls forth a viewer who is devout and contemplative, solitary but tuned into the oceanic feeling that constitutes religious experience. Schilling zooms in on the bodies of ritual, displacing gestures and events from grand historical narratives to inspect the interpersonal dimensions of communities, which are based on shared beliefs. The seeming anachronism of these paintings is, however, perfectly timed.“

Quotations from: Sacred conversations by Miriam Stoney

Biography

1984 born in Cologne, DE
2005 – 2011 Studies of painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, professional class of Prof. Neo Rauch & Prof. Heribert C. Ottersbach, Leipzig, DE
2011 – 2013 master class at Prof. Heribert C. Ottersbach at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, DE
lives and works in Berlin, DE and Vienna, AT

Prizes and Awards

2021 Finalistin des Hans-Purrmann-Preis der Stadt Speyer für Bildende Kunst, Hans Purrmann Stiftung, Speyer, DE
2018 Nominierung für den Kunstpreis Böttcherstraße Bremen 2018, Bremen, DE
2017 International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, US
2016 Marion Ermer Preis, Leipzig, DE
Preis der Deutschen Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main, DE
2015 Stipendium der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Sachsen, DE
2014 DAAD-Stipendium, London, GB
2011 Max-Ernst-Stipendium der Stadt Brühl, Brühl, DE
2009 Stipendiatin des Cusanuswerks, Bischöfliche Studienförderung, Bonn, DE
Studienpreis des Freundeskreises der HGB Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
2008 Erasmus-Stipendium am Camberwell College of Arts, London, GB

Works (Selection)

Katharina Schilling, Sight II, 2022
Katharina Schilling, Sight II, 2022
Katharina Schilling, Sight III, 2022
Katharina Schilling, Sight III, 2022
Katharina Schilling, The Gift, 2017, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, The Gift, 2017, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Bizarre Triangle, 2022, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Bizarre Triangle, 2022, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Figures of the Turn, 2021, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Cool Blue Stole My Heart, 2019, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, All The Tired Horses, 2019, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Arms & Amor, 2021, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, enclothed cognition, 2021, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Look, 2020, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Pool, 2016, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Pomelo, 2016, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, On Your Side, 2019, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Them Heavy People (reflected), 2020, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Parade (reflected), 2021, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Truly Madly Deeply, 2019, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Everlasting Everything, 2016, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Star Fruit, 2017, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Peachy, 2016, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Flaky Flaws, 2015, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Katharina Schilling, Century Plant, 2015, © Katharina Schilling + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2021 Till we have faces (mit/with Stine Ølgod), Gallery AAAA, Vienna, AT
2020 Companions(mit/with Benjamin Husson), The Tail, Brussels, BE
2019 The Second Day, Stadium, Berlin, DE
2018 Canny Codes, Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna, AT
2017 Katharina Schilling – Perspektiven der Gegenwart, Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main, DE
2016 The Tide Pool, archiv massiv Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, DE
2015 COSMO & KRAMER (mit/with Eva Hegge), Kunstraum Ortloff, Leipzig, DE
2014 Taking Silk, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
2013 Was darf es sein?, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, DE
2011 Max-Ernst-Stipendium 2011, Rathaus Brühl, Brühl, DE
2009 Jetzt nicht weggucken!, Kuhturm, Leipzig, DE

Group exhibitions (selection)

2021 Purrmann-Preis 2021, Kunstverein Speyer, Speyer, DE
Künstliche Paradiese, Kunstverein Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
unterholz – understorey, Oberes Heustadlwasser, Prater, Vienna, AT
All Corners Made To Be Leaned, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, DE
Chants of a Gargoyle, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, BE
2020 Close Friends, Galerie b2, Leipzig, DE
satellite II, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, AT
2019 Geheimnis der Dinge – Malstücke, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, DE
What Gary Didn't Know – Petty Perception, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE
Picknick, SORT, Vienna, AT
2018 Kunstpreis Böttcherstraße Bremen 2018, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, DE
Bruit Qui Court, Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna, AT
Geheimnis der Dinge. Malstücke, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
Let's Pretend We are Bunny Rabbits, BRUNAND BRUNAND, Berlin, DE
Gelb macht glücklich, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
2017 Strange Beauty, Beck & Eggeling, Vienna, AT
Strange Beauty, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
Artworks Sitting in The Dark, Keith, Berlin, DE
Open Studios, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, US
Group Show, Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, DE
The Love of Three Oranges, Kyoto Bar, Cologne, DE
2016 Marion Ermer Preis 2016, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, DE
Group Show, Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg, DE
Kindred by choice, b2 Galerie, Leipzig, DE
Klassentreffen – Klasse Ottersbach, Bayer Kulturforum, Leverkusen, DE
2015 WERKSCHAU Halle 12, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, DE
POCKET, Galerie Dukan, Leipzig, DE
Ce qui je suis maintenant - Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim in Hagen, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen, DE
2014 Cakes For Now, Gone Fishing, Leipzig, DE
Ce qui je suis maintenant – Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim, Rampone Artspace, Cologne, DE
Be Calm, Tapetenwerk Halle C, Leipzig, DE
Meisterklasse Ottersbach – Die Pferde sind tot, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil, DE
2013 Neuzugänge zeitgenössischer Kunst im Kunstfonds 2013, Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen beim Bund, Berlin, DE
Dis-APPEREANCE – Vom Verschwinden und Erscheinen, Westpol A.I.R. Space, Leipzig, DE
Meisterschülerausstellung, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, DE
Motorenhalle, Riesa Efau Kultur Forum, Dresden, DE
Halle 14, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, DE
fünf plus eins, Galerie Julia Garnats, Cologne, DE
Rudolf-Scharpf-Galerie, Projektgalerie des Wilhelm-Hack-Museums für junge Kunst, Ludwigshafen, DE
Renaissance Reloaded, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
2012 Studioshow, 63 Clerkenwell Road, London, GB
Junge Kunst in Sachsen, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, DE
2011 Mehr als nur ein Schuss, Beck & Eggeling new quarters, Dusseldorf, DE
Einer von uns ist keiner von uns, Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt am Main, DE
Wir belohnen Sie, Kunstraum Ortloff, Leipzig, DE
2010 Die Erfundene, Fett6 Raum für Kunst, Hamburg, DE
2009 Studienpreis 2009, Galerie der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, DE
Girls must do better, Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, DE

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

Katharina Schilling. Taking Silk

Katharina Schilling. Taking Silk

  • Artist: Katharina Schilling
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Viktoria Draganova
  • German, English
    Softcover, 31 x 22 cm
    42 pages, 44 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2014
  • 12 €
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Mehr als nur EIN Schuss

Mehr als nur EIN Schuss

  • Artists: Rania Akl, Tilman Aumüller, David Borgmann, Sophia Loth, Malte Masemann, Jina Park, Katharina Schilling, Maria Schumacher, Sebastian Speckmann, Thomas Stephanblome, Genaro Strobel, Selma van Panhuis, Lydia Wahrig
    Text: Heribert C. Ottersbach, Rania Akl, Tilman Aumüller, David Borgmann, Tanja Kluß, Alexander König, Carsten Martin, Jina Park, Katharina Schilling, Maria Schumacher, Thomas Stephanblome, Genaro Strobel, Selma van Panhuis, Lydia Wahrig
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Linda Inconi)
  • English, German
    Softcover, 14,6 x 20,9 cm
    40 pages, 19 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2011
    ISBN 978-3-93091975-8
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Further publications

bibliography

Kunstpreis Böttcherstraße Prize 2018
Kunsthalle Bremen
Bremen 2018
Strange Beauty
Michael Beck, Ute Eggeling (Hrsg./eds.)
Düsseldorf 2017
Katharina Schilling
Marion Ermer Stiftung (Hrsg./ed.)
Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
Leipzig 2016
Klassentreffen. Klasse Ottersbach
Bayer AG, Bayer Kultur (Hrsg./ed.)
Leverkusen 2016
Katharina Schilling. Taking Silk
Michael Beck, Ute Eggeling (Hrsg./eds.)
Düsseldorf 2014
Leipzig am Rhein
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Reinhard Spieler (Hrsg./eds.)
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen 2013
fünf plus eins
galerie julia garnatz
Köln 2013
Renaissance Reloaded
Beck & Eggeling
Düsseldorf 2013
Mehr als nur EIN Schuss
Beck & Eggeling
Düsseldorf 2012
Lubok 9
Christoph Ruckhäberle (Hrsg./ed.)
Leipzig 2010

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