Working within the expanded field of painting and sculpture, Karin Lambrecht’s work embodies the gestural abstraction of her 1980s generation while referencing Arte Povera and Joseph Beuys. Using vibrant pigments, produced by the artist herself, she applies broad, gestural brushstrokes to hand-stitched frameless, torn, and burned canvases, sometimes incorporating organic materials such as animal blood, charcoal, rainwater, and earth. Her recurring motifs include crosses, the human body, and handwritten or stamped enigmatic words that emerge from layers of paint evoking illness, death, and cure.Read More
In 2001, Lambrecht produced Eu e você, an 'action painting' performed in Bagé, a small village in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Sliting the neck of a lamb, Lambrecht allowed the animal’s blood to flow onto the white surfaces of her dress and canvas, as paint for her surfaces. The painting was considered finalised, the moment the lamb finally succumbed to death.
Karin Lambrecht was born in 1957 in Porto Alegre, where she lives and works. She featured in the 18th, 19th, and 25th editions of the São Paulo Biennial (1985, 1987, and 2002) and in the 5th Mercosul Biennial (2005), all in Brazil. Group shows in the last few years include: As tramas do tempo na arte contemporânea: estética ou poética? (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 2013); O colecionador de sonhos (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 2011); Lugares desdobrados (Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2008); Arte no Brasil 1981–2006 (Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007); and Manobras radicais (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil, 2006).
Solo shows include: Eclipse (Pinacoteca da Feevale, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, 2013); Cores, palavras e cruzes (Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012); Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2002); and Projeto eventos especiais (Funarte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1996). Her works are included in the collections of the Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil; the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; and the Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil, among others.
Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.