kim pieters studio

 

 

 

 

‘erotic anamnesis’

nine paintings
2017

 

 

 

 

……But the absurdity of individual existence, inherited from the subbase of nihilism, has become in the meantime so senseless that it has lost all pathos and been transformed, brought out into the open, into an everyday exhibition: nothing resembles the life of this new humanity more than advertising footage from which every trace of the advertised product has been wiped out. The contradiction of the middle-class, however, is that they still search in the footage for the product they were cheated of, obstinately trying, against all odds, to make their own an identity that has become in reality absolutely improper and insignificant to them. Shame and arrogance, conformity and marginality remain thus the poles of all their emotional registers.

The fact is that the senselessness of their existence runs up against a final absurdity, against which all advertising runs aground: death itself. In death the middle-class confront the ultimate expropriation, the ultimate frustration of individuality: life in all its nakedness, the pure incommunicable, where their shame can finally rest in peace. Thus they use death to cover the secret that they must resign themselves to acknowledging: that even life in its nakedness is, in truth, improper and purely exterior to them, that for them there is no shelter on earth.

This means that the planetary middle-class is probably the form in which humanity is moving toward its own destruction. But this also means that the middle-class represents an opportunity unheard of in the history of humanity that it must at all costs not let slip away. Because if instead of continuing to search for a proper identity in the already improper and senseless form of individuality, humans were to succeed in belonging to this impropriety as such, in making of the proper being-thus not an identity and an individual property but a singularity without identity, a common and absolutely exposed singularity—if humans could, that is, not be-thus in this or that particular biography, but be only the thus, their singular exteriority and their face, then they would for the first time enter into a community without presuppositions and without subjects, into a communication without the incommunicable.

Selecting in the new planetary humanity those characteristics that allow for its survival, removing the thin diaphragm that separates bad mediatized advertising from the perfect exteriority that communicates only itself—this is the political task of our generation…

Giorgio Agamben           Without Classes: The Coming Community
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Kim Pieters: the painting 'principium individuationis' from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘principium individuationis’

 

 

760mm x 760mm
mixed media on board
1/9   ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting 'the light that rains down on them' from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘the light that rains down on them’

 

 

1020mm x 1020mm
mixed media on board
2/9   ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting 'human life' from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘human life’

 

 

350mm x 350mm
mixed media on board
3/9   ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting 'taking place' from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘taking place’

 

 

600mm x 600mm
mixed media on board
4/9   ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting ‘matheme’ from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘matheme’

 

 

1020mm x 1020mm
mixed media on board
5/9 ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting ‘the open’ from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘the open’

 

 

420mm x 420mm
mixed media on board
6/9 ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting ‘topos’ from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘topos’

 

 

600mm x 600mm
mixed media on board
7/9 ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting 'exemplar' from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘exemplar’

 

 

420mm x 420mm
mixed media on board
8/9 ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

Kim Pieters: the painting ‘lovable’ from ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

‘lovable’

 

 

350mm x 350mm
mixed media on board
9/9 ‘erotic anamnesis’ suite

for any enquiries about this series of
works please don’t hesitate to contact
Bowerbank Ninow Gallery