Kati Heck makes large-scale figurative paintings that incorporate a strange commotion of visual languages. The extent of her approach confronts the multiplicity of painting in both an aggressive and seductive way. The compositional set pieces fabricate scenarios and use perspective with deliberate skill and naivety. Often the works appear to be preceded by abstract mark making, with assured affiliations to the frenzied methodology of Martin Kippenberger.
I do sense that the work could ‘calm down’ as Roberta Smith suggests (NY Times, 2/15/08) but it must be said that the ambitious scale and shameless panache encourage endless possibilities for the imagination. Heck seems to look at the everyday with a kind of enhanced drama, negotiating fantasy in a deluge of references and ideas. More works by Kati Heck can be viewed here.
Posted by David Eager Maher