A bird in the grass is worth a thousand hearts, 2021

Caitlin Hespe & Ida Lawrence
Curated by Katia Hermann

10-19 September 2021
Retramp Gallery: Reuterstr. 62, 12407 Berlin, Germany

The duo show A bird in the grass is worth a thousand hearts sees Retramp re-vamped into a laboratory of play and possibility, in a reunion of sorts. Caitlin Hespe and Ida Lawrence are two artists who have been working apart from each other (most recently in Budapest and Berlin, respectively), though also in close contact. Through telepathic communication (or just regular phone contact, we cannot be sure) motifs merge and collide, and thematic encounters occur. In her drawings and paintings, Caitlin Hespe pairs images in surprising combinations through a new logic and sensibility. She makes leaps and links between associations and language and plays with the page as a space of illusions. Ida Lawrence’s canvases tell stories of mishaps, (mis)understanding and (dis)connection. Set between Germany, Indonesia and Australia — her homes at different times — her narrative paintings reflect recent observations, delve into distant memories, and chart her attempts to make sense of the world.

Read Katia Hermann’s text.

Ida Lawrence, Overlooking 2021, acrylic on unstretched canvas, copper pipes, 220 x 192 cm

Tropical plants
snowy street-
where the hell they are
and what the fuck they’re doing.

Ida Lawrence, + – x 2021, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 155 cm

I see what you did there, building your church in front of sunsets like that.
Nearly been converted +–14 times.

Ida Lawrence, Level 5 Cake Study 2021, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 74 x 61 cm

The cake is round.
The box is square.
How to fit the round cake into the square box?
Cut it into triangles.

See exhibition documentation on Caitlin Hespe’s website, please.