Charlie Kater (1970) explores the visual language of abstraction in small, intimate objects. The focus is not so much on the beauty and appearance of the material, but on the abstract form. Like Jan Schoonhoven’s reliefs, Kater’s sculptures are constructed in their own, artisanal way. He accentuates the shape by painting the material. The use of minium, for example, creates the association with another material such as iron.
Kater’s abstract, often geometric, works can be associated with trends in art such as constructivism and (post)minimal art and more modern: casualism. He feels a kinship with Dutch sculptors such as Ad Dekkers and Carel Visser and is strongly inspired by the small-scale, almost contrived works of the American artists Richard Tuttle and Richard Francisco. Kater uses their principle ” less is more” in his search for what he wants to show and the aesthetics that the work must radiate.
Kater prefers to be associative. An original idea may be abandoned along the way. His work may not be intended as urgent, but rather an expression of a poetic and reflective view of life and our nature. Kater makes his art from a strong inner drive. He wants to inspire with this. Just as he is inspired by others.
” 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 at University of Nijmegen)
Charlie Kater (1970, Venlo, The Netherlands) received his Bachelors of Sculpture in 1998 at AKI Academy Enschede NL, studied abroad in a fine arts exchange program at University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, GB, and received an Honours Bachelors of Education in Visual Arts & Design in 2004 at University of Arts, Utrecht NL. He is a member of the Laren & Blaricum NL artist society, associated with the internationally acclaimed artist group “The Style/ De Stijl.” His work is currently in numerous private collections. Kater currently lives and works in Hilversum NL.
- 2019: Prijs Piet Staut: 2nd prize, BE
- (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
- (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 in Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn, NL
- 2020 “Laureatensalon KPSK”, Kasteel Cortewalle, Beveren, BE
- 2020 De Kamergalerie, FR
- 2019 With Jan de Ruyter at Zaansgroen, Zaandam, NL
- 2019 “Prize Piet Staut”, Kasteel Cortewalle, Beveren, BE
- 2019 “Kunstkijkroute Amersfoort”, Amersfoort, NL
- 1998 AKI Finals Sculpture, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL