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Katja Seib, You made your bed, now sleep in it, 2018, oil on burlap, 51 3⁄4 × 35 7⁄8".

Katja Seib

Sadie Coles HQ | Davies Street

A series of stylishly sinister oppositions set the scene for this exhibition by German painter Katja Seib, in which real and imagined portraits merged with a mannered symbolism. The self-conscious, carefully rendered large-scale works downstairs contrasted with more informal, and generally much smaller, paintings upstairs. Within the context of this pristine blue-chip gallery space, Seib’s works’ deceptive ambiguity existed as a glitteringly corporate criticality that posed paradoxical questions around painting’s relation to time. The exhibition’s title, “dear diary,” hinted at the revelation of intimate narratives, and the show’s characters enacted absurd theatrical scenarios that manifested shifting cultural attitudes toward sexuality and subjectivity.

Eve’s curse and Hell here (all works cited, 2018) performed this role well. The former depicts a woman lying on a bed in front of a picture

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