The unlikely marriage of movement and stillness, of tumult and quietude, is a defining characteristic of Katherine Spindler’s oeuvre, eliciting a similar mix of emotion in the viewer. In examining Spindler’s paintings one has thesense that things are moving just beneath and beyond the surface, too vast to fully perceive or understand. With a quiet immensity and arresting gravitas, Spindler’s work sees light and shadow flicker and evade, swirl in eddies, swell and recede. The surface of the canvas, like water, is unstable, constantly shifting and undulating while maintaining a meditative stillness that both captivates and mystifies. Often blurring, veiling, or erasing the images she works with, Spindler’s intention is to evoke rather than explicate, to suggest more than to prescribe.
Spindler completed both her BA(FA) (2004) and MFA (2011) with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she also lectured part time in drawing and printmaking for many years. Her distinguished Masters exhibition, At Sea, drew upon her experience volunteering aboard a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, and went on to show at Commune.1 in Cape Town. She joined Barnard Gallery in 2014 and in August 2015 presented Selah, her second solo exhibition, and her first with the gallery. Spindler presented her third solo show entitled To Hold Time at Barnard in Cape Town in 2018 followed by her solo project Still at FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018. The artist's fourth solo exhibition From Matter to Matter with the gallery 2019 presented a shift and a greater presence of abstraction in her work.








Solo Exhibitions

       

2019, From Matter To Matter, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2018, Still, Solo booth at Johannesburg Art Fair, Gauteng

2017, To Hold Time, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2015, Selah, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2011, At Sea, Commune.1 Gallery, Cape Town

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Group Exhibitions

        

2019, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town

2019, Monochrome, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2018, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town

2018, New Romantics, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2018, AKAA, Carreau du Temple, Paris

2018, -Nano 1.2, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2018, Barnard Collective, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2017, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town

2017, Fluid: Perspectives in Paint, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2017, Nano 1.1, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2017, Barnard Collective, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2017, AKAA, Carreau du Temple, Paris

2016, Air, Standard Bank Gallery, Gauteng

2016, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town Convention Centre,   Cape Town

2016, Future/Present, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2016, Nano-, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2015, Cape Town Art Fair, The Avenue, Waterfront, Cape   Town

2015, Picture and Paper, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2015, Dinner Collection, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2015, Then and Now: Conversations in Time, Barnard Gallery,    Cape Town

2015, Surface: Emerging Painters, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2014, Seeking Eden. Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town

2014, Dinner Collection, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2014, Paint Matters, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2013, The [Common] Garden, a collaboration with Elgin Rust, presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts as part of LAND, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town

2013, Muse, Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town

2012, Commune.1’s first birthday, Commune.1, Cape Town

2012, Cross-Currents, David Krut Projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2012, Masters Grad Show, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town

2012, Landscape Re-orientation, David Krut Projects, Cape Town

2011, This is not final, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape  Town, Cape Town

2010, This is not final, Substation Gallery at WITS, Gauteng,

2005, Krisp! Art.b Gallery, Belville, Western Cape

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Press Links

              

2018, Nina Liebenberg, Art Africa Magazine, September 1, 2018

2019, Ashraf Jamal, Art Africa Magazine, September 11, 2019

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Awards

                        

2011, Recipient of MacIver Scholarship and NRF funding

2010, Recipient of the Jules Kramer Fine Art Materials Award and Masters Research Scholarship

2009, Recipient of the Katrine Harries Memorial Bursary, MacIver Scholarship, and Jules Kramer Fine Art Travel Scholarship

2004, Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Purchase Award for excellence in printmaking

2004, Michaelis School of Fine Art Staff Award for printmaking awarded for excellence in the final year of practical work

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Residencies

                   

2016, Artist-in-residence, Sylt Foundation, Sylt, Germany

2016, Visiting artist at Künstlerhaus Meinersen, Lower Saxony, Germany