||Klaus Rinke I Residency from July to December 2003
Klaus Rinke was born in 1939 in Wattensheild, Germany. He lives and works both in Los Angeles in the United States and in Austria. He taught at the School of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf from 1974 to 2005. His work has been exhibited in a large number of institutions and art galleries in Germany, in France, and in the United States. (The Gallery Konrad Fisher in Düsseldorf, the Galerie Ricke in Cologne, the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf, the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Galerie de France...)
Klaus Rinke works in several artistic mediums: drawing, photography, sculpture and performance. His life and his work are closely intertwined, each experiment corresponding to a period in his life of discoveries: the discovery of a new country or a new continent. (Greece, Japan, Australia, the United States...) At the Atelier Calder, Rinke produced graphite drawings on large-format canvases which seek to define their volume in space. The silhouettes depicted belong to human forms: it is moreover the idea of the body that is represented in an open and undefined framework and space. Rinke defined this new series as "paintings-sculptures", the drawings being covered with a thick coat of a compound of graphite and latex.
The work of Klaus Rinke addresses and contends with the ideas that concern us all: they emphasize the ties maintained between the individual and the outside world -- time, space, and man's place in the Universe.