Shower Power (2023)
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A new series of large-scale lithographic prints each one hand-pulled in a unique combination of colours in Counter Studio, Margate. Each print holds at its centre the infamous Pink Panther, a long-standing repeated motif in Bernhardt's work. In Shower Power, Bernhardt situates the cartoon character against the modernist grid of the oversized brightly coloured shower in her studio in St. Louis.
Bernhardt began painting the Pink Panther after she arrived at the Pink Palace Hotel (also called the Royal Hawai’ian Hotel) located on a sandy beach in Waikiki, Oahu. The hotel featured pink bathroom towels, pink sheets, pink eye masks for sleeping, pink carpeting, pink beach chairs, pink beach towels, pink stationery, pink sunsets, pink pancakes at breakfast, and the Pink Panther on TV screens. After Bernhardt repeatedly watched videos of the panther - lounging atop a huge pink bed and while strolling around the hotel grounds her son, Khalifa continued to watch Pink Panther videos from a cell phone - she decided that the panther could look great on large-scale canvas and large-scale lithograph too.
Represented by the influential David Zwirner, Katherine Bernhardt is a key player in New York's contemporary painting scene. She's collaborated with hip-hop superstar Drake, painted a swimming pool in Miami, created a public mural in LA, and runs her own Moroccan carpet import business. Bernhardt's recent solo shows include the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Lever House New York as well as European solo exhibitions at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels and Carl Freedman, London and Margate. Bernhardt was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1975. She lives and works in St Louis, Missouri.