Joey Ramone

Katharina D. Martin




Patch Dynamics
01.06 - 06.07.2019

katharina d martin

JOEY RAMONE is proud to present Patch Dynamics, the 1st solo exhibition in the gallery by German artist Katharina D. Martin. The exhibition opens on Saturday 1 June at 6 - 8 pm and includes the performance Tango Simulacrum, a collaborative work between Martin and the dancer Tamarah Kerling. The exhibition runs till Saturday 6 July 2019.

Patch Dynamics refers to the dynamic transformation of form and meaning by rhythmic re-arrangements of patches. Martin's objects, installations and performances are based on a repetitive structure and inaugurate a play of substitutions, classifications and reversals. She artificially creates difference by means of the repetition of quasi-identical elements and evokes a tendency towards differentiation, distinction and multiplicity.

The featured materials, such as wax, latex and pvc (from inflatable sex-dolls), are intrinsically meaningful since their aesthetic qualities resemble human skin. Martin's synthetic method of patching and composing is necessarily preceded by the act of dissecting, disassembling and melting down. The new arranged objects are rough, display a violent needlework and visualise her personal struggle with the material. Here we find the originality of her works; it is Martin's artistic manner which unifies the aesthetic of vulnerability and discomfort, with formal qualities and decorative beauty.

Martin's biography entails traumatic moments of loss and mourning and her play with the concept of pain is variably implicit in her work. Language of pain is most often a language of complaint and bereavement, but, like in this case, it can also be the language of carefully measured gestures as artistic mannerism.


Katharina D. Martin (DE 1971) studied Fine Art, Media Art and Philosophical Aesthetics in Germany and The Netherlands (AKI ArtEZ Academy of Art and Design BA 2006, Piet Zwart Institute 2006, Academy of Fine Arts M√ľnster MA 2013).

Martin participated in the international artist in residence programme at the Watermill Center, Watermill NY in 2009 and the International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP New York in 2012. Her work has been shown at the MACRO Rome and the Watermill Brooklyn Gallery New York.

Martin was over several years Associated Member at the Cluster of Excellence, Interdisciplinary Laboratory - Image Knowledge Gestaltung at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2015-2018) and she teaches Image Theory at ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem since 2015. Martin functions as doctoral researcher in philosophical aesthetics at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. She published several articles and co-edited a volume on the body in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault in 2017.

She is based in Rotterdam.

Tamarah Kerling studied classical and contemporary dance at the National Dance Academy Amsterdam and at ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem.