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Varenr.: 06438-001-L

Donatello's Raphael2016
Ceramic
25 x 20 x 20 cm, 10 x 8 x 8 in

Christian Rex van Minnen - Donatello's Raphael2016 - Ceramic - 25 x 20 x 20 cm, 10 x 8 x 8 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 509, 2016 - Monotype - 38 x 56 cm, 15 x 22 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 4115, 2014 - Monotype - 59 x 38 cm, 23.2 x 15 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 4118, 2014 - Monotype - 59 x 38 cm, 23.2 x 15 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 4119, 2014 - Monotype - 59 x 38 cm, 23.2 x 15 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 480, 2013 - Monotype - 28 x 19 cm, 11 x 7.5 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 481, 2013 - Monotype - 28 x 19 cm, 11 x 7.5 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled  487, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled  497, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 498, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled  499, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Donatello's Raphael2016 - Ceramic - 25 x 20 x 20 cm, 10 x 8 x 8 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 509, 2016 - Monotype - 38 x 56 cm, 15 x 22 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 4115, 2014 - Monotype - 59 x 38 cm, 23.2 x 15 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 4118, 2014 - Monotype - 59 x 38 cm, 23.2 x 15 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 4119, 2014 - Monotype - 59 x 38 cm, 23.2 x 15 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 480, 2013 - Monotype - 28 x 19 cm, 11 x 7.5 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 481, 2013 - Monotype - 28 x 19 cm, 11 x 7.5 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled  487, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled  497, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled 498, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in
Christian Rex van Minnen - Untitled  499, 2013 - Monotype - 38 x 29 cm, 15 x 11.4 in

CHRISTIAN REX VAN MINNEN

Born 1980, Providence, RI
Lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA

”It looks almost traditional, an oil on panel, meticulously glazed. But really, it’s a portrait of European and American History as a colorful tumor. It’s as if the Dutch Painters had ingested some magical psychoactive that allowed them to see the full scope of history ahead — American Colonialism, the Genocide of Native Americans, the seeds of racism and social injustice, the prison systems, the ghettos, the rich history of oppression beginning in those first celebratory brush strokes… Everything, all at once. Their still lifes exploded with globs of flesh sprouting symbolic tattoos. Their portrait faces of Colonial figures ate themselves, caved in and grew over with greasy ridges, instant scar tissues sucking arrowheads further inside. But theirs didn’t. Van Minnen’s did.
Van Minnen produces about two paintings a month but works on a dozen at a time. There are layers and layers of glaze which takes a long time to dry. Not all his paintings are heavy. “Others are less didactic. Pizza Bro Death Cult has a three-eyed pizza dog in it. Just cuz. This process ‘looks’ like subtext and in some cases it informs and in others just adds layers of confusion. On a conceptual level. I am really interested in confusion itself; the difficulty to really embrace a plurality of truth,” Christian Rex van Minnen says.
That plurality of truth is a pretty horrifying concept, but the artist approaches it head on, regurgitating something that’s all things, a corporeal manifestation of decades of history, from the disingenuous ambitions of early Colonialism to the contorted, mutated ideals of the 60s. It’s body horror. And it’s very beautiful.”

Marina Galperina about Christian Rex van Minnen’s ”Glazed and Confused” series, ANIMAL, May 1, 2014.


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