Katelijn Bergman is a visual artist and founder of Popinnart. The artist-run, nomadic art collective started in an anti-squat building in Amsterdam in 2018 and is now making good progress with changing exhibitions featuring contemporary work by twenty-five artists. Because of her great expertise, we asked Katelijn to curate a collection.
"As a painter I often ask myself:" Where is the dividing line between illustrative work, the more literal representation of reality, and autonomous art: the artist's own interpretation of his reality? How do you visualize the narrative without being explicit? In a 2017 interview accompanying his 'Lonely Old Slogans' exhibition at the Camden Arts Center, Daniel Richter states:
"A painting is about the information layer and its implementation, and subsequently about where the two coincide and manage to produce an aesthetic added value."
The works I have selected are in line with this statement and are poetic in that sense too: they tell a story through various visual elements which the artist has carefully mastered and then brought together in a new context. And it’s in that specific context – a total environment – where a painting acquires its meaning."