The first solo-exhibition by Louise te Poele at TORCH Gallery
Louise te Poele
La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé
Opening: Zaterdag 21 februari 17:00 – 19:00
21/02/2015 – 28/03/2015
On Saturday the 21st of February TORCH will proudly open La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé,
the first solo-exhibition by Louise te Poele at the gallery. The exhibition will focus on her series of
still-lifes inspired by the light found in paintings by old Dutch masters. Louise has made it a habit to
collect completely unrelated things, ranging from trash in her studio to exotic fish found at her local
oriental supermarket. Using these objects she creates dynamic compositions that amount to far
more than the sum of their parts. They are classic still-lifes, detached from Vanitas and vanity.
In terms of her career Louise te Poele is developing quickly. She sold her first piece as an art
academy student – a portrait of a boyfriend wearing a pantyhose over his head – to the director of
the Museum Arnhem. Now her second solo-exhibition at this museum is planned for next
summer. After her graduation from the Artex Academy in Arnhem in 2008 she received her Start
Stipendium from the BKVD fund, and she was able to publish her first publication using a contribution
by the Prince Bernhard Culture fund. During 2010-2011 she was the artists in residence at Schloss
Ringenberg in Germany. She has had exhibitions in Amsterdam, Marseille, Tokyo, Hong Kong and
Berling. This year she joined TORCH.
However , this fruitful career is not the result of carefully made plans. Louise likes to let her mind
wander and to keep possibilities open. She scours the world, looking for objects, views and inspiration.
By doing so she gradually broadens her vision. Her first works were mainly portraits of people close to
her, such as the inhabitants of her home town or befriended party-goers. Then, in 2011, she decided to
dedicate herself to the still-life, allowing for a maximum of free association. In the mean time she has
found a pictorial language that is very much her own. In it, aesthetics and symbolism support and
emphasize each other. Her associative arrangements of images are the results of hundreds of hours
spent fiddling behind a screen and in her studio. This obsession to detail has been part of her ever since
childhood. As a young dyslectic she embraced the thought of speaking through form as opposed to
After the opening on the 21st of February La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé will be open to the public
until Saturday the 28th of March. The gallery will be open on Thurs/Fri/Sat, from 12 to 6 pm, and by
appointment. For further information and images you can contact the gallery, or visit Louise's website.