Karine Laval, Heterotopia #70, 2017 - courtesy the artist and Robert Koch Gallery
Karine Laval, Heterotopia #70, 2017 - courtesy the artist and Robert Koch Gallery 

Karine Laval - Heterotopia

15/02/2018 - 28/04/2018

49 Geary Street 
Suite 550 
94108 San Francisco


The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present Heterotopia, the inaugural exhibition at the gallery for Brooklyn-based French-American artist Karine Laval.

Karine Laval produces images that challenge the familiar perception we have of the world, and can be seen as a bridge between the place we inhabit and a more surreal and dreamlike dimension. They are metaphorical voyages or reveries through time, place, memory and perception, where narratives are expanded through visual transformations of represented reality. The term Heterotopia, the inspiration for Laval’s series, was coined by French philosopher Michel Foucault and refers to ‘spaces of otherness’ that are ‘neither here nor there’, Laval explains. The composite landscapes produced by Laval are at once familiar and conversely otherworldly, bursting from within with radioactive colors set in staccato. Omnipresent is the natural world, enveloped in aural resonance and ghostly organic layering created via the use of mirrors and glass, thus challenging our perceptions and forcing us to look deeper. Laval’s Heterotopia series is as much compositionally astute, as it is meditative and playfully experimental.