Olivia van Kuiken
Losing looking leaving

Aug 30th – Sep 28th, 2024
Caprii, Düsseldorf

Copyright © Quarto Publishing; Photo Mick Dunn and Dick Hatfield

Olivia van Kuiken (b. 1997) is a New York-based contemporary painter, engaged primarily in the underlying mechanisms of the alienated experience. Her works upend traditional notions of representation and dislocate language, seeking to push forms, shapes and symbols to the edge of their meaning. Subjects are immersed within wayward panels and fractured landscapes, as gestural marks, pools of colour and overlaid motifs coalesce fragmented compositions. Drawing upon myriad literary references, van Kuiken pursues the complexity of language, linguistically as much as visually, in painterly considerations on how the history of the medium may relate to and open the space beyond this system of communication.

Van Kuiken graduated from The Cooper Union in 2019. Her solo presentation at Caprii by Sies + Höke marks her debut exhibition in Germany. Further solo exhibitions include: Beil Lieb, Château Shatto, Los Angeles; Make me Mulch!, Chapter NY, New York (2023); She clock, me clock, we clock, King’s Leap, New York (2022). Previous group exhibitions include: Micki Meng, New York (2024); Adler Beatty, New York (2024); Derosia, New York (2023); Amanita, New York (2023); and Hoffmann Maler Wallenberg, Nice (2020).

Excerpt from the Illustrator’s Figure Reference Manual, 1987.

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