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WANDA KOOP

HeartBeat Bots

Night Gallery is pleased to announce HeartBeat Bots, an exhibition of paintings by Wanda Koop. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at Night Gallery.

install ation View

Installation view of HeartBeat Bots, 2020

An ongoing series dating back to the mid-80s but exhibited for the first time, HeartBeat Bots reveals Koop’s fascination with robotics and the post-human condition. The exhibition is anchored by a suite of canvases depicting robotic subjects, anthropomorphic in appearance and situated within the conventions of portrait painting. All of the paintings were made in the artist’s Riding Mountain studio, a remote setting some 130 miles Northwest of her home in Winnipeg, Canada. Koop’s palette—fluid strokes of neon pink and orange; vibrating fields of blue—breathes life into her near-human robots. Loosely contained assemblages of marks and color fields, these figures also conjure topography, their surfaces resembling landscapes of a planet that is neither alien nor familiar. Koop paints the human into machine and landscape alike.

Breaking News (Colour Bar)

Wanda Koop, Breaking News (Colour Bar), 2019

INSTALL 1

Installation view of HeartBeat Bots, 2020

YELLOW BOT

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Jaune), 2020

BLUE INSTALL

Installation view of HeartBeat Bots, 2020

PARAGRAPH 2

Wanda Koop, Dreamline (Seeway), 2020



This fluidity is central to HeartBeat Bots, where Koop has filled the gallery with fragments of the terrestrial. The procession of mechanized portrait sitters is threaded through with images of veiny trees, spider webs, and a full moon pulsating above a reflective lake. Other works appear stripped of representational content, such as Breaking News (Colour Bar), a massive color field painting composed of a luminous yellow ground resting above a strip of eight vertical bars. Parallel drips descend from the top of the canvas, cinching and swelling to resemble massive teardrops. Physical expressions of emotion, which the artist describes as “cutting the surface,” extends to a body of paintings recently exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art: eight monumental landscapes (two of which are included in HeartBeat Bots), similarly punctured by pairs of falling “tears,” project an affective dimension of human psychology onto thinking machines. Just as robots are created by humans to fulfill a purpose, of her paintings Koop says: “I’m making something that is highly useful in a psychological way… that we see ourselves in it.”

DIPTYCH 1 A

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Smalt Blue), 2020

DIPTYCH 1B

Wanda Koop, Smalt Blue – Reflection, 2020

Clear Lake

Wanda Koop, Clear Lake, 2020

HeartBeat Bot (Luminous Red Eyes)

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Luminous Red Eyes), 2020

DREAMLINE INSTALL

Installation view of HeartBeat Bots, 2020

Heartbeat Bot (Bleu)

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Bleu), 2020

While viewers seek the familiar in these near-human forms, Koop, meanwhile, smuggles in forms of seeing that lie beyond our senses. The exhibition includes one painting, Heartbeat Bot (Bleu), based on the symbol for facial recognition. “It doesn’t look like it, but it’s there,” she asserts, in a subtle allusion to how AI’s pattern recognition surpasses ours. For many years now, the artist has considered the contingency of vision, as well as the effects of insensible energy, in works that register “all that we can’t see and that we can’t feel, trying to paint the unknown.” By making her brush vibrate, Koop creates lines that dissipate and dissolve, suggesting a force that moves through each individual canvas. “This happens in the reflection of water, sound waves… it’s in the lines we see in stock market graphs, it’s everywhere but we don’t really see it, yet we’re affected by it.”

TRITYCH

Wanda Koop, Caravaggio Blue, 2020 

Moon Beam

Wanda Koop, Moon Beam, 2020

Over four decades, Koop has translated observation into poetic visual articulation.  Reflecting on a socially-isolated present, Koop recently came to the realization that nearly all of her work to date constitutes a practice of painting portraits of uncertainty: of the past, future and the present. “Like the landscapes,” Koop explains, “these are portraits of the everyperson: this construct of mask stripped bare, like an archetype of now.” Here, Koop deploys color and mark making to conjure forces of energy, fusing representation and abstraction, seen and unseen, and emotional and artificial intelligences.

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Wanda Koop interviewed at Night Gallery, October 2020

INSTALL – ROBOTS WALL

Installation view of HeartBeat Bots, 2020

BOT 5

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot #4, 2020

BOT 6

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot #3, 2019

Bot

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Pale Peach), 2020

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Pale Peach), 2020

BOT 3

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Ivory), 2020

BOT 1

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Marine Green), 2020

HeartBeat Bot (Orange Smoky Blue)

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Orange – Smokey Blue), 2020

INSTALL 5

Installation view of Heartbeat Bots, 2020

Dreamline

Wanda Koop, Dreamline (Satellite City), 2019

Heartbeat Bot (Taupe)

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Taupe), 2020

Dreamline (Satellite City)

Wanda Koop, Tree (Shell Pink), 2020

INSTALL 2

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Rouge), 2020

INSTALL 4

Installation view of Heartbeat Bots, 2020

Heartbeat Bot (Bright Eyes)

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Bright Eyes), 2020

Midday in Eden

Wanda Koop, Midday in Eden, 2020

Still (Nocturnal)

Wanda Koop, Still (Nocturnal), 2020

Heartbeat Bot (Dark Eyes)

Wanda Koop, Heartbeat Bot (Dark Eyes), 2020

Wanda Koop (b. 1951, Vancouver, Canada) has been painting for four decades, and was showcased in a major survey of her work mounted by the National Gallery of Canada in 2011. She has exhibited across Canada and the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. In 2019, The Dallas Museum of Art presented Concentrations 61: Dreamline, Koop's first major solo museum exhibition in the United States. Koop has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary doctorates, and Canadian medals of honor, including the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada, in 2006. Her life and work have been the subject of several documentary films. She lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada.


Installation photographs by Marten Elder

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Wanda Koop
Breaking News (Colour Bars), 2019
acrylic on canvas
108 x 84 in
WK264

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Jaune), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK259

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Smalt Blue), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK247

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Wanda Koop
Smalt Blue (Reflection), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK248

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Wanda Koop
Dreamline (Seeway), 2019
acrylic on canvas
108 x 84 in
WK145

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Wanda Koop
Clear Lake, 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK246

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Luminous Red Eyes), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK245

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Wanda Koop
Tree (Dusk Grey), 2020
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in
WK230

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Wanda Koop
Mauve Reflection, 2020
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 in
WK233

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Bleu), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK258

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Wanda Koop
Web (Soft Grey-Blue), 2020
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 in
WK235

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Wanda Koop
Caravaggio Blue, 2020
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions variable: 3 parts; each 48 x 36 in
WK249

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Pale Peach), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK243

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Wanda Koop
Moon Beam, 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK244

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot #3, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK162

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Orange - Smokey Blue), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK242

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Ivory), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK240

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Marine Green), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK239

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Rouge), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK257

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Wanda Koop
Web (orange), 2020
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in

WK231
 

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Taupe), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK256

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Wanda Koop
Dreamline (Satellite City), 2019
acrylic on canvas
108 x 84 in
WK144

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Wanda Koop
Tree (Shell Pink), 2020
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in
WK229

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Bright Eyes), 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK250

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Wanda Koop
Midday in Eden, 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK252

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Wanda Koop
Still (Nocturnal), 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK253

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Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Dark Eyes), 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK251

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Wanda Koop
Breaking News (Colour Bars), 2019
acrylic on canvas
108 x 84 in
WK264

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Jaune), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK259

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Smalt Blue), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK247

Wanda Koop
Smalt Blue (Reflection), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK248

Wanda Koop
Dreamline (Seeway), 2019
acrylic on canvas
108 x 84 in
WK145

Wanda Koop
Clear Lake, 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK246

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Luminous Red Eyes), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK245

Wanda Koop
Tree (Dusk Grey), 2020
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in
WK230

Wanda Koop
Mauve Reflection, 2020
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 in
WK233

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Bleu), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK258

Wanda Koop
Web (Soft Grey-Blue), 2020
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 in
WK235

Wanda Koop
Caravaggio Blue, 2020
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions variable: 3 parts; each 48 x 36 in
WK249

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Pale Peach), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK243

Wanda Koop
Moon Beam, 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK244

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot #3, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK162

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Orange - Smokey Blue), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK242

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Ivory), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK240

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Marine Green), 2020
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in
WK239

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Rouge), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK257

Wanda Koop
Web (orange), 2020
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in

WK231
 

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Taupe), 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 60 in
WK256

Wanda Koop
Dreamline (Satellite City), 2019
acrylic on canvas
108 x 84 in
WK144

Wanda Koop
Tree (Shell Pink), 2020
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in
WK229

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Bright Eyes), 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK250

Wanda Koop
Midday in Eden, 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK252

Wanda Koop
Still (Nocturnal), 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK253

Wanda Koop
Heartbeat Bot (Dark Eyes), 2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in
WK251