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SHOW No.4

WomenPaintersRoom, Berlin

November 2022

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AESTHETICS OF A DISENCHANTED WORLD

Goerz Höfe, Berlin

Oktober 2022

CURATED BY  LARA BANDILLA

Partecipating artists: Marc Bodie, Monique Schumacher, Angharad Taris, Carys Evans, Wolfgang Sinwel, Julie Davis, David A. Kilvington, Àgnes Zászkaliczky, Shaun Brosnan, Mark Goldsworthy, Kathrin Landa, Ulrike Dornis, Marlies Ziemke, Annette Selle, Mark Thompson, Caroline Corleone, Lothar Düver, Lara Bandilla

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MAKE ART NOT WAR

Gallery Philoart, Wuppertal

 

2022

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ORLANDO

Gallery Taith, Wien

2021

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SHOW WINDOW

Gallery Philoart, Wuppertal

 

2021

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THE FOREIGN IN US

Gallery Philoart, Wuppertal

 

2020

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THE MOMENT

Gallery Taith, Wien

2019

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EDEN

Gallery Philoart, Wuppertal

 

2018

 

..Lara Bandilla read her story "EDEN" in front of her oil paintings and you realized how much text and image enter into a symbiosis, and the more you understood of the story, the more you could decipher piece by piece the messages of the image...her imagination and creativity does not stop at the border of an art form, but moves between the worlds of text and word and gives an artistic space to "reality, which is perceived as the opposite of personal freedom". Thus, her paintings are perfectly staged border crossings between reality and fantasy, between photorealistic precision and abstract painting...

(Dr.Troesser, K24 )

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ON THE ROAD

Gallery Steiner, Berlin

2017

 

...in the face of the forces of nature, every human existence is null and void - a quintessence that is conveyed by almost all stories that present a world "without us". If every civilization is broken, what remains of Homo sapiens? Berlin-based artist Lara Bandilla asks this very question in her exhibition "On the Road - The Poetry of the Postapocalypse," which opens this Friday. Her focus is on the roads that remain only in the collective memory after the end of humanity and can illustrate what might have been possible. Bandilla breaks down a post-apocalyptic world into layers and snapshots. Following them, maps of cities, rivers, stars, and imaginary spaces unfold - a poetic approach to a non-place. The world Bandilla depicts is made up of elements of language, the surreal, and everyday life that continually dissolve, only to reform in the next step. The artist breaks down her images into different levels to get a different view of the streets and the world....

(neues deutschland, Januar 2017)

Solo exhibition

wilhelmstrasse cologne

Solo exhibition

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OF TIME AND LIGHT

IA&A Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, USA

2013

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)

ARCHAICS

Solo exhibition

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STUDIO EXHIBITION

Studio Schaperstrasse, Berlin

2011

Solo exhibition

muengstnerbruecke wuppertal

ZEIT LICHT

Christuskirche, Cologne

2011

Lara Bandilla's series of paintings is about light and movement, time and space. Her works are haunting and touching. The viewer looks into the snapshot of a moment, while at the same time a space into infinity opens up to him. The paintings serve as a starting point for a journey into endlessness. Through the paintings, which are reminiscent of photographs, the recipient experiences a high objective recognition value. This catapults him almost instantly into the subjective world of his own perception. Through the special way of representing light, the paintings evoke memories of a certain time of day or season in the viewer. Their tangibility slips through the fingers, while at the same moment timelessness sets in. Similar to a film still, the paintings show snapshots of a movement and yet are so much more. By means of the incongruous superimpositions of the motifs, they are the starting point of an encounter with one's own being. The emotions that the works transport are tangible, without being able to name and determine them. They evoke memories. Memories of moods, of moments when life stands still. Moments without faces, without facts, consisting of impressions and perception. Lara Bandilla shows in her paintings her philosophical view of everyday life. She offers the recipient the possibility to experience himself in everyday life in a new way. With the contemplation of the pictures a possibility arises to give the personal point of view another direction.

(Heike Geier, Cultural Scientist, Cologne 2011)

 

In the light-flooded street scenes from more recent times, different levels overlap, some motifs from Cologne and Shanghai flow seamlessly into each other on one exhibit. At the same time, the scenarios are partially outshone by a glistening bright light, which gives them a surreal touch. The impression of light and movement is characteristic for the series of paintings, in which the painter confronts the viewer with a "different reality"... The white light makes the street alignments and squares appear otherworldly...the fusion of disparate motifs, the plunging lines, the deliberate blurring, and the dramatic contrasts of light and dark make it difficult to locate them, which is not at all Bandilla's intention. "I want to capture the moment of timelessness," explains the painter, whose paintings are reminiscent of film sequences.

(Hannah Styrie, Kölner Rundschau,  Juni 2011)

Group exhibition

zoo cologne

LICHT SCHWEBE RAUM

Ballhaus im Nordpark, Düsseldorf

2011

Solo exhibition

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TRACING PENTHESILEA

Gallery Golkar, Bonn

2010

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR AMSTERDAM

SHANGHAI ART FAIR

GOOD AMERICA - BAD AMERICA
Museum Walter, Augsburg

KUNSTVEREIN NEUEHRENFELD KÖLN

WELCOME TO PARADISE
Megahertz Records

FANTASTIC CREATURES
Württembergisches Palais, Regensburg

WATER
Museumsnacht Regensburg

SALON
Salon DÓrpheé, Regensburg

Solo exhibition

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THE TIME OF THE DOGS

Kulturspeicher, Regensburg

In the Kulturspeicher works of the artist Lara Bandilla are shown,... which mercilessly reflect the primal fears of mankind...a gloomy interpretation of the present time...the artworks want to scare, make you wonder, bring out fears from the depths and provoke the viewer to deal with them....the painter shows the world as it wants to be seen by no one, but is felt by many: Decaying, destructive, full of loneliness and threatening....

(Svenja Alberts, Regensburger Kultur )

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PENTHESILEA - THE UNGUIDED FORCE

Kleist Museum, Frankfurt an der Oder

...a hard rock opera, not a classical production, modern and up-to-date..for all senses and only Kleist, that is Penthesilea. An exhibition in which Lara Bandilla explores Kleist's Amazon queen with haunting oil paintings and sculptures. ...plastic, metal, bone and lacquer paint symbolize the character's hardness and unusual aggressiveness....

(ORB TV, Querstrasse - das Kulturmagazin )

In Lara Bandilla's work, Penthesilea has a steel body and a spiritualized face. She is a fighter, a female hero, heavy with thought and dogged. The artist has made a thinking and fighting machine out of Kleist's passionate, torn Penthesilea, who only lacks the right, the directed will...a young audience gets a taste for the tough Penthesilea with the material mix...

(RADIOkultur Journal)

Solo exhibition

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SOGNANDO DIO

Centro Pellegrini, Rome