Chris Rijk

Vase with Breasts
2017
Ceramics
30 cm x 30 cm
Ghost Vase
2017
Ceramics
15 cm x 15 cm
Concrete mountain with diamonds 1 and 2
2017
concrete and ceramics
150 cm x 75 cm and 50 cm x 50 cm
Broken and taped Vase
2017
Ceramics and tape
35 cm x 20 cm
Installation with columns #5
at Best of Master Apprentice 2017

My work is fuelled by the love/hate relationship I maintain with the arts: on the one hand, there is nothing I want to spend my time on but art, and on the other hand, I find the world surrounding art incredibly difficult.
The product of my practice consists mainly of installations that are a mix of well-founded criticism and haphazard bile-spewing. It is an ongoing game with the rules of high art and kitsch and other forms of low culture, having transcended the ironic pamphlet: it is nuanced and straightforward at the same time, coarse in a refined way, recognisable without understanding what it refers to; it bullies in a loving way, and gives shape to the euphoric tragedy of things.

My work mystifies banalities but most of all I hope to provide myself with a lifebuoy that keeps me from drowning in the all too serious art world.

For This Art Fair, I produce a series of objects that come from the ambiguous position the artist is forced into, by subscribing to this or any fair: having integrity and being true to one’s practice, and on the other hand being commercial, for, I quote: ‘this is an exhibition for selling’. These works are the result of trying to be a proper cultural entrepreneur.

www.chrisrijk.nl
Vase with Breasts
2017
Ceramics
30 cm x 30 cm
Ghost Vase
2017
Ceramics
15 cm x 15 cm
Concrete mountain with diamonds 1 and 2
2017
concrete and ceramics
150 cm x 75 cm and 50 cm x 50 cm
Broken and taped Vase
2017
Ceramics and tape
35 cm x 20 cm
Installation with columns #5
at Best of Master Apprentice 2017