© 2019 Oskar Rink

photo by Christian Rothe

In my work, I reproduce the convoluted process of thinking. Combining notions of confusion and clarity, my practice interrogates the logical incoherence of sense and sensitivity. Emerging from a vague vision, each artwork is constantly growing on multiple dimensions, time and space being of no measure. Part of my process is the imbrication of scattered thoughts as they convene in their cross-connectedness. First they seem randomly placed, but they are all concatenated, following a rhizome structure, where the answer is to be found in the structure itself.

 

Inspired by Russian constructivism and contemporary architecture, my three-dimensional works are based on aspects of engineering and constructing. Preferably using simple material such as paper, cardboard and thin wooden sticks, I reconstruct manifested dream worlds. The process of building playfully and subversively contemplates the eternal search for a home, a sense of identity. By suggesting that aporia emboldens aspirations, my work reveals the dualism between confusion and clarity, connection and separation, image and self. In a permanent state of oscillation between self and circumstances, constant restlessness drives us to explore the limits of our own making of the world.

 

My approach to new projects allows room for coincidence and intuition. Each creative process is an on-going development in response to the situation. While I use a variety of materials and processes for each project, my methodology remains consistent. Driven by the context of the efforts, endeavours, impulses, inclinations and undertakings of the ever striving, never resting human mind, my arrangements establish a dream-like surreal quality, inviting the viewer to move into the mellifluous, fragile spheres of inner vision of outer reality.

 

My work is a reflection of everything I am searching for. The light, the sanity, the urge to dive into the complexity of my surroundings that I am trying to understand, trying to grasp, trying to visualise. My sculptures and paintings contemplate a world, in which I am trying to build a map and draw a path that I can follow; something that guides me, so I won’t get lost.

born 1980 in Leipzig, Germany

Education

 

*Diploma in pattern making and illustration at the l’Ecole

Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode,

Munich/Germany


*Master Degree at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art /

Contemporary Art Department, London/UK


Exhibitions

2020

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Von & Von, Karlsruhe

Artist in Residence, Havana, Cuba

Massiv Archiv, Spinnerei, Leipzig

Artist in Residence, Lisbon, Portugal

2019

100 Jahre Bauhaus, Grassi Museum, Leipzig

Nur auf Rezept, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

Transition Edition, Solar Panel Art Series, Berlin

Oskar Rink & Susanne Wurlitzer, Galerie Von & Von, Nürnberg

AfterHour, Groupshow, Berlin

Art Biesenthal, Groupshow, Biesenthal

2018

OG Projects, Offenburg

Meta-Krokette (Soloshow), Till Richter Museum, Buggenhagen

Artist in Residence, Till Richter Museum, Buggenhagen

That's All Right Mama, XXY Kunstraum, Berlin

Edgar Leciejewski & Oskar Rink, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig

Mashup V, Diezhold Raum, Leipzig

2017

1Akt:Hatz, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

Martine Poppe & Oskar Rink, Venet Haus Galerie, Neu-Ulm

Auftakt, Herbstrundgang Spinnerei, Leipzig

Nordseewellen, Circle Culture Gallery, Sylt

Mashup IV, Barlach Halle, Hamburg

Unbekannte Größe (Soloshow), Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg

 

2016

DOKODEMODOOR, Werkschauhalle, Leipzig

La Rosa Social Club, The Conversation, Berlin

Skateboarts, Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart

Skateboarts, Forum Kunst Rottweil

Oskar Rink & Marie Carolin Knoth, Galerie Noah, Augsburg

Deine blauen Augen sind mir scheißegal, Villa Buehlers, Fürth

 

2015

Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg

Radiate 2.0, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

Druck Berlin Festival, Berlin

Klasse Klein, Wiensowski & Harbor, Gallery WE Berlin

Werksschau, Spinnerei, Leipzig

Radiate, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

Christie's First Open Auction, London, UK

ArtStack & Christie’s Prize Winner, London, UK

Schichten (Soloshow), Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg

 

2014

Saxonia Paper II, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig

 

2013

Potse 68, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

Jahresausstellung, Spinnerei, Leipzig

Abstrakt Konkret Konstruktiv, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig

Illustrative Festival, Berlin

Summer Group Show, Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg


2012

The Museum of Curiosity, Black Rat Projects, London, UK

GalleryOpening, Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg

Arno Rink & Oskar Rink, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin


2011

Paper (curatorial project), Black Rat Projects, London, UK

Elephant Parade, Christie's Milan, Italy

Paperworks, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

ArtStars Winner, Ralph Lauren Art Projekt, London, UK

AAF MILAN, New Contemporary - Gallery San Carlo, Milan, Italy


2010

Le Salon du cercle de la culture a Berlin, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

NeuBau Collective, Berlin

Self-Portrait, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin