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Statement

In my works i’d like to explore the visual language of abstraction.The focus is not so much on the beauty and appearance of the material, but on the clarity of the abstract shape. Like Jan Schoonhoven’s reliefs, the works are constructed in order to accentuate light and shadow. By painting them, shape and skin are emphasized.

The works are deliberately small. They can be associated with trends in art such as constructivism, (post)minimal art and more current: casualism. There is a kinship with Dutch sculptors such as Ad Dekkers and Carel Visser and more strongly with the small-scale, almost contrived works of the American artists Richard Tuttle and Richard Francisco. Their principle “less is more” i use in search for creating a good image and for the aesthetics that the work must radiate.

Inspiration originates from structures from nature, geometry and rhythm. An associative approach is an essential part of the process. An original idea can be released in the search for the essence of the image. The works are not intended as urgent, but rather reflective.

“Material, size, colour and structure and a playful approach to those elements form the core of Charlie Kater’s work, together with the aim of communicating intimately with the viewer. The intimacy is an important aspect of the form of the work itself. In the playful approach, size, color and material show both themselves and also hint at something else. This makes the works enigmatic, you don’t really know what you’re looking at.” (Wouter Weijers, Art historian, now retired, at Radboud University Nijmegen)

Bio

Charlie Kater (1970, Venlo, The Netherlands) received his Bachelors of Sculpture in 1998 at AKI Academy Enschede, studied abroad in a fine arts exchange program at University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and received an Honours Bachelors of Education in Visual Arts & Design in 2004 at University of Arts, Utrecht. He is a member of the Laren & Blaricum NL artist society, associated with the internationally acclaimed artist group “De Stijl.” His works are currently in private collections. Kater lives and works in Hilversum. 

Prizes:

  • 2019: Prijs Piet Staut: 2nd prize, BE

Solo exhibitions:

  • 2023 Achter de Ramen, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2020 Achter de Ramen, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2018 “I try to keep up with the rhythm”, Atelier P68, Amersfoort, NL

Group exhibitions:

  • 2022 NoShowSpace Gallery, London UK
  • 2022 Singer Museum, 100 years KV Laren /Blaricum, Laren NL
  • 2021 Fluffycrimes,- Show #7, Mana Contemporary Art Center Chicago, USA
  • 2021 “Herontdekkingen”with KV Laren /Blaricum, Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn, NL 
  • 2020 “Laureatensalon KPSK”, Kasteel Cortewalle, Beveren, BE
  • 2019 With Jan de Ruyter at Zaansgroen Gallery, Zaandam, NL
  • 2019 “Prize Piet Staut”, Kasteel Cortewalle, Beveren, BE
  • 2019 “Kunstkijkroute Amersfoort”, Amersfoort, NL
  • 1998 AKI Finals Sculpture, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL