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