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

*Postgraduate studies of painting under Prof. Tilo Baumgärtel at Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design, Halle/Germany

 


Selected Exhibitions

2020
Artist in Residence, Gallery Cisterna, Lisbon, Portugal

DAS WAR SCHON SO (Solo), Archiv Massiv, Spinnerei Leipzig

Tilo Baumgärtel, Oskar Rink, Simon Adam Peter, Museum Bensheim
Positions Art Fair, Gallery Kleindienst, Berlin

Art KARLSRUHE, Gallery Von&Von, Karlsruhe

Artist in Residence, Havana, Cuba

2019
Bauhaus_Sachsen, Grassi Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig
Transition Edition Auction, Solar Panel Art Series, Paddle8, Berlin
Oskar Rink & Susanne Wurlitzer, Gallery Von&Von, Nürnberg
Nur auf Rezept (Solo), Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

Art Biesenthal, Biesenthal

2018
Meta (Solo), Till Richter Museum, Buggenhagen
Artist in Residence, Till Richter Museum, Buggenhagen
Den Ganzen Tag Am Strand, Edgar Leciejewski & Oskar Rink,

G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig

OG Projects, Offenburg

2017
Formation 7 - 1Akt, Hatz, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig
Martine Poppe & Oskar Rink, Venet-Haus Gallery, Neu-Ulm

Mashup IV, Barlach Halle K, Hamburg
Unbekannte Größe (Solo), Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg

Nordseewellen, Circle Culture Gallery, Sylt

2016
Dokodemodoor, Spinnerei Werkschau, Leipzig
La Rosa Social Club, The Conversation Project, Berlin

Oskar Rink & Marie Carolin Knoth, Gallery Noah, Augsburg
Deine Blauen Augen Sind Mir Scheißegal, Villa Bühlers, Fürth

Skateboarts, Forum Kunst Rottweil

2015
Salondergegenwart, Hamburg
Radiate 2.0, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin
Klasse Klein, Wiensowski & Harbord, Gallery WE Berlin
Christie's First Open Auction, London, UK
Christie’s & ArtStack, Rising Star Winner, London, UK
Schichten (Solo), Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg

Druck Berlin Festival, Berlin

Radiate, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

2014

Saxonia Paper II, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig

 

2013

Potse 68, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin

Abstrakt Konkret Konstruktiv, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig

Illustrative Festival, Berlin

Summer, Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg

2012
The Museum of Curiosity, Black Rat Projects, London, UK
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
Art Stars Winner, Ralph Lauren Art Star Projekt, London, UK

 

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