From December 09, 2011 to February 04, 2012 Galerie Voss will show new works by Canadian artist Kate Waters. The title of the exhibition "The Air That I Breathe" refers to the atmospheric depth and light in the paintings "Forever Young" and "Cheatin' Hearts". It also indicates the continuing, almost journal-like recording of the reality she takes part in.
Just like in one breath, Waters captures random everyday scenes and their ambience with her camera and transfers them to her impressive paintings. The titles of the paintings suggest an often ironic understanding of the ambivalent situations and make the often too serious of subject matter bearable. Cultural clichés and archetypes of the present leisure culture are furthermore exposed and examined from different angles as well as promises and expectations of society. In this case the title "Cheating hearts" not only deals with a popular theme in country songs but also with the fragility of the American Dream and the cheated participants in trying to find absolute happiness in the unknown.
Once the observer accepts the complexity of the paintings, which, despite their formal similarity, all have an individual story to tell, one becomes aware of a keen sense of observation with a shot of melancholy. Also another phenomenon will become evident: the observer shares the moments and selected sceneries of the artist by viewing the paintings and therefore seems to literally share that same breath of air.
A catalogue is appearing parallel to the exhibition.