Art in the Bar
Cornelia Baltes’ brightly coloured paintings combine simplicity with humour and playfulness. Real-world observations are stripped back to their simplest form; creating new abstract patterns and rhythms. Their bold graphic qualities often spill out over the surface and on to the walls and surrounding architecture in which they inhabit.
For Chapter, Baltes has created a new site-specific work in the bustling Caffi Bar – two giant cartoon hands dangle down from the glass skylights above, their fingers stretching towards the floor whilst another hand protrudes around the smaller wall, claiming the space as their own.
Cornelia Baltes (b. 1978, Mönchengladbach, Germany, based in London and Berlin) gained her MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2011). Recent solo shows include ‘Capri’ Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017); ‘Drunk Octopus wants to fight’ Limoncello, London, UK (2016); ‘Tiny Dancer’ Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; ‘Turner’ Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2015); ‘Your Swath, My Jab’ DREI, Cologne, Germany, ‘Schnick Schnack Schnuck’ Limoncello, London, UK (both 2013); ‘Hooloovoo’ Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK (2012). Recent group shows include ‘JUMP’ Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark; ‘31 Women’ DK Breese | Little, London, UK; ‘Jump Ball’ Dio Horia Gallery, Mykonos, Greece (all 2017) ‘Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweiker’, Mission Gallery, Swansea, UK (2016) ‘Feel the discourse’ Guest Projects, London, UK (2015)