133 | Christian Rex Van Minnen - “Massa Confusa”
Christian Rex van Minnen was born in Providence, RI in 1980 and received his BA from Regis University, Denver in 2002. He has exhibited throughout the US and internationally and was recently awarded an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, CO (Fall, 2017).
Recent exhibitions include con-figuration, a group exhibit at Postmasters, NY, Juxtapoz x Superflat, co-curated by Takashi Murakami & Evan Pricco at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Enantiodromia a solo show at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Public Collections include: Denver Art Museum, Djurhuus Collection, The Christine & Andy Hall Collection, Colección Solo, and the Richard B. Sachs Collection. van Minnen currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Topics Discussed In This Episode:
- Van Minnen's early experiences making art as a child and how his personal experiences developed his mentality towards art
- A discussion on automatic drawing and mark-making with figuration
- Van Minnen's inspiration ranging from Titian to the Dutch Golden Age to Kandinsky (Book: Concerning the Spiritual in Art)
- Developing a connection with art through materials and technique, and also the connection of van Minnen's Dutch heritage
- Reflecting on his recent book, a monograph of the past fifteen years of his artwork.
- A look into van Minnen's painting process and technique
- A conversation on ego, belief, and knowing oneself, specifically touching on paths of transcendence noted in “The Devil's of Loudun” by Aldous Huxley
- A fascination with tattoos and how they've entered van Minnen's work