Painter Undine Bandelin often addresses the assignment of positions is society. In reference to her series, Die geschlossene Gesellschaft (The Closed Society), she says, “It is my concern to design and assign roles, to withdraw them again and to mix them up.” Included are leader, outsider, instigator, seducer and undesirable. As roles are reassigned, human frailties are exposed.
Undine welcomes our gaze
During this process, the figures often become grotesque or comical. The colors she uses are acidic and extreme. We are led to a place of enlightenment rather than doom. The Carnival-like nature invites us to the reorganization party. We are witnesses to the absurdity and correction thereof.
photos by PILOTENKUECHE
Born in Jena, Undine studied painting in Halle and has lived in Leipzig since 2013. Currently, she collaborates with galleries in Leipzig and Erfurt. Her subject is mainly the human figure, its ways of expression via posture, movement, and physique. Her motifs digress into portraits, landscapes, and animal studies as well. Interpersonal communication plays an equally important role as much as individual traits.
process leads to result
Often, she begins with a screen print, transforming a photography into a template which is then modified. This requires high anatomical skills and intuitive knowledge. She often supports by practicing, sketching, and working over the image several times, adding colorful layers that transform the original starting point. The result settles somewhere between dream and reality, story and status quo: a very unique take on surrealism and expressionism.
Undine is represented by Gallery The Grass Is Greener and Gallery Rothamel.
See Undine’s work on her website.
Opening: 17.08.18, 19h
Open: 18.08 – 30.08.18, 17 – 20h
Finissage: 31.08.18 19h
Location: Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, 04229 Leipzig, Germany
Opening: 21.09.18, 19h
Open: 22.09 – 25.09.18 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany