Antwerp

Kati Heck

Annie Gentils Gallery

Two nearly naked, life-size men are looking at us. The expressions on their faces can say or mean anything. Is it arrogance, disinterest, or plain boredom? One is sitting on a chair, legs stretched out on a barstool. The other is leaning toward his friend. Or is it his friend? And what’s wrong with the hand of the seated man? It looks like blood is being tapped from his fingers into weird objects. In Kati Heck’s paintings things are suggested that must be interpreted or even projected by the viewer. The interaction between the two men in Chapeau, 2005, seems more like that of partners than, say, close friends, relatives, or lovers. Even though they wear nothing but socks and underwear, they look in a way like businessmen. They could be lawyers or stockbrokers. Partners in crime. On the painting is written the German phrase UNTER UNS, which can be translated as “between us,” but an alternative

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