Art, Painting, Contemporary Art

CONFLICT

The contradiction between how the world is and how it could be moves me.

In most of my paintings another reality is mingling into the known one. This other reality is a mix of my desires, my wishes, my desperation and hate, and also associations from the past and from a fictional present. Sometimes I want to fight our reality, sometimes I want to seduce it with beauty and magic - what I don’t like is to accept it as sufficient.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, reality felt uninspired. Whereas growing partially up in the South of Italy, something in the nature felt real. This stirred the urge to create something too -  to be part of it.

In need of sense I chose to go for that something I can accept as true, living a constant battle between a cramped reality and the freedom that I found in art, in nature and in love.

MUST BE UNITED

​2020

DAS FREMDE IN UNS

GROUP EXHIBITION, GALLERY PHILOART, WUPPERTAL, GERMANY

​2019

THE MOMENT

SOLO EXHIBITION, GALLERY TAITH, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

​2018

EDEN

SOLO EXHIBITION AND READING OF THE SHORT STORY EDEN, GALLERY PHILOART, WUPPERTAL, GERMANY

 

"In Lara Bandillas art word and image, text and painting depend on each other as two sides of the same coin. Her imagination and creativity does not stop at the boundary of an art form but pushes beyond. Crossing the genres she narrates her stories through paintings and text. And when both of them come together a multidimensional tableau takes shape for the observer, new ways of understanding, of  interpretation and of sensual perception present themselves....Lara Bandilla succeeds in finding an artistic space for "reality subjectively perceived as a contrast to personal freedom". Her works are perfectly staged crossings between photorealistic precision and abstract painting."

(Dr. Michael Troesser, K24 Ratingen)

 

​2017

ON THE ROAD

SOLO EXHIBITION, GALLERY STEINER, BERLIN, GERMANY

"In the face of the forces of nature, all human existence is null and void - a quintessence conveyed by almost all the stories that present a world "without us". If every civilization is broken, what remains of Homo sapiens? In her exhibition "On the Road - The Poetry of the Post-apocalypse", which begins this Friday, the Berlin artist Lara Bandilla is asking herself precisely this question. Her focus is on the roads that will remain only in collective memory after the end of mankind and can illustrate what would have been possible. Bandilla dissects a post-apocalyptic world into layers and snapshots. If one follows them, city, river and star maps and imaginary spaces unfold - a poetic approach to a non-place. The world shown by Bandilla consists of elements of language, the surreal and everyday life, which dissolve again and again in order to re-form in the next step. The artist partitiones her pictures into different layers in order to get a different view of the streets and the world."

(neues deutschland, Januar 2017)

 

2014

BIRTH OF THE THIRD CHILD

 

2013

OF TIME AND LIGHT

SOLO EXHIBITION, IA&A HILLYER ART SPACE, WASHINGTON DC, USA

 

„Hamburg-born, Berlin-based Lara Bandilla has spent most of her life in a handful of German cities. But the paintings in “Of Time and Light,” her Hillyer Art

Space show, don’t feel rooted in place. Bandilla depicts a world in  flux, whether jungle is collapsing into town (“Breathe”) or two metropolises are fusing into one (“Shanghai Cologne”). The dreamlike pictures include areas of near-photographic realism, but also sections where the image seems to melt — more in the manner of Gerhard Richter’s photo-derived blurs than Salvador Dali’s drippy surrealism. Bandilla’s palette is heavy on blue, with occasional red counterpoints. But the transitions often involve hot white, which both illuminates and obscures, like sunlight so bright that it temporarily blinds. Time is harder to depict, but the artist conjures a sense of movement, both with impressionistic style and in the choice of locales. The paintings often show streets and other passageways, notably a swoop of earth that follows a rail line. The eye is drawn in several directions, including toward the frayed seam between memory and actuality.“

(Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2013)

 

„Lara Bandilla creates large-scale oil paintings perched on the boundary between photorealism and surrealism.... her strongest works are almost cinematic, notably a selection of street views facing into the sun, a setting that produces extreme contrasts a la Garry Winogrand.“

(Louise Jacobson , Washington City Paper, 2013)

 

DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE UNITED STATES, CONVERSATIONS IN CULTURE: OF TIME AND LIGHT

2012

ARCHAICS

SOLO EXHIBITION, KUNSTVEREIN HATTINGEN, GERMANY

2011

STUDIO EXHIBITION

SOLO EXHIBITION, STUDIO SCHAPERSTRASSE, BERLIN, GERMANY

 

ZEIT LICHT

SOLO EXHIBITION, CHRISTUSKIRCHE COLOGNE, GERMANY

 

„Lara Bandillas Bilderserie handelt von Licht und Bewegung, von Zeit und Raum. Ihre Werke sind eindringlich und berührend. Der Betrachter blickt in die Momentaufnahme eines Augenblicks, während sich ihm zeitgleich ein Raum in die Unendlichkeit öffnet. Die Bilder dienen als Ausgangspunkt für eine Reise in die Endlosigkeit. Durch die an Fotos erinnernden Gemälde erfährt der Rezipient einen hohen objektiven Wiedererkennungswert. Dieser katapultiert ihn fast augenblicklich in die subjektive Welt der eigenen Wahrnehmung. Durch die besondere Darstellungsweise des Lichts rufen die Bilder im Betrachter Erinnerungen an eine bestimmte Tages- oder Jahreszeit hervor. Deren Greifbarkeit gleitet durch die Finger, während sich im selben Moment Zeitlosigkeit einstellt. Ähnlich eines Filmstills zeigen die Gemälde Momentaufnahmen einer Bewegung und sind doch so vieles mehr. Mittels der unvereinbaren Überlagerungen der Motive sind sie Ausgangspunkt einer Begegnung mit dem eigenen Sein. Die Emotionen, welche die Werke transportieren, sind greifbar, ohne dass man sie benennen und bestimmen kann. Sie rufen Erinnerungen wach. Erinnerungen an Stimmungen, an Momente, in denen das Leben still steht. Momente ohne Gesichter, ohne Fakten, bestehend aus Eindrücken und Wahrnehmung. Lara Bandilla zeigt in ihren Gemälden ihre philosophische Sicht auf den Alltag. Sie bietet dem Rezipienten die Möglichkeit sich selbst im Alltag neu zu erfahren. Mit der Betrachtung der Bilder entsteht eine Möglichkeit dem persönlichen Blickwinkel eine andere Richtung zu geben.“

(Heike Geier, Diplom Kulturwissenschaftlerin, Köln 2011)

 

"In den lichtdurchfluteten Straßenszenen aus jüngerer Zeit überlagern sich verschiedene Ebenen, fließen etwas Motive aus Köln und Shanghai auf einem Exponat nahtlos ineinander. Dabei werden die Szenarien teilweise von einem gleißend-hellen Licht überstrahlt, das ihnen einen surrealen Anstrich verleiht. Der Eindruck von Licht und Bewegung ist prägend für die Bildserie, in der die Malerin den Betrachter mit einer "anderen Wirklichkeit" konfrontiert... Überirdisch lässt das weiße Licht die Straßenfluchten und Plätze erscheinen...die Verschmelzung disparater Motive, die stürzenden Linien, die bewusste Unschärfe und die dramatischen Hell-Dunkel-Kontraste erschweren die Verortung, die von Bandilla auch gar nicht beabsichtigt ist. "Ich will den Augenblick der Zeitlosigkeit einfangen", erklärt die Malerin, deren Bilder an Film-Sequenzen erinnern."

(Hannah Styrie, Kölner Rundschau,  Juni 2011)

 

LICHT SCHWEBE RAUM

GROUP EXHIBITION, BALLHAUS IM NORDPARK, DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY                                                              

2010

TRACING PENTHESILEA                                      

GALLERY GOLKAR, BONN, GERMANY

 

AAF AMSTERDAM

SHANGHAI ART FAIR

2008

DEATH OF MY FIRST HUSBAND DR. JOACHIM KOCH

2007

GOOD AMERICA - BAD AMERICA                                    

GROUP EXHIBITION, MUSEUM WALTER, AUGSBURG, GERMANY

 

2006

GROUP EXHIBITION KUNSTVEREIN NEUEHRENFELD, COLOGNE, GERMANY

 

2005

BIRTH OF THE SECOND CHILD

 

2004

WELCOME TO PARADISE                                                            

MEGAHERTZ RECORDS, 72 SINGLE, 300 LIMIT

2003

PHANTASTIC CREATURES                                                           

SOLO EXHIBITION, WUERTTEMBERGISCHES PALAIS, REGENSBURG,GERMANY

WATER                                                           

NIGHT OF THE MUSEUMS, REGENSBURG GERMANY

2002

BIRTH OF THE FIRST CHILD

SALON                                                              

GROUP EXHIBITION, SALON D´ORPHÉE, REGENSBURG, GERMANY

 

THE TIME OF THE DOGS                                                                  

SOLO EXHIBITION, KULTURSPEICHER REGENSBURG, GERMANY

 

„The Kulturspeicher shows works of Lara Bandilla...which reflects relentlessly the primeval fears of humanity....a dark interpretation of the present age...the paintings do frighten and perplex us, they take our anxieties out of the depth and provoke the observer to deal with them...the artist shows a decaying, destructive, lonely and threatening world.“

(Svenja Alberts, Regensburger Kultur 2001)

2001

PENTHESILEA - DER UNGELENKTE WILLE            

SOLO EXHIBITION, KLEIST MUSEUM, FRANKFURT ODER, GERMANY

 

„....a hardrock-opera, no classical staging, modern and up to date...for all senses and Kleist only, that is Penthesilea. In this exhibition Lara Bandilla explores the queen of the Amazons with haunting oilpaintings and sculptures...plastic, metal, bones and varnish symbolize the hardness and odd aggressivity of the character...“

(ORB TV, Querstrasse - das Kulturmagazin 2001)

„Lara Bandilla gave Penthesilea a body of iron and a spiritual face. She is a fighter, a female hero, deep of thoughts and grimly. The passionate and torn Penthesilea of Kleist is turned into a thinking- and fightingmachine, lacking only the right and guided will...a young audience appreciates the adamant Penthesilea made of mixed materials...“

(RADIOkultur Journal 2001)

 

2000

SOGNANDO DIO                                                                            

SOLO EXHIBITION, CENTRO PELLEGRINI, ROME, ITALY