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Christian Rex Van Minnen
Christian Rex van Minnen   
November 4, 2017 - December 23, 2017
Opening Reception: 5 - 8 p.m.
Christian Rex van Minnen - The Rise of King Dick, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Caput Mortuum; Bright Side, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Caput Mortuum; Hands Free, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Stone of Helen, 2017
Christian Rex van Minnen - Be the nail, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Fuck too real, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Liked fuck it, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - In me, 2017
Christian Rex van Minnen - Last you, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Baby, Please Don't Make a Scene, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Sfumato, 2017 Christian Rex van Minnen - Enemies O' Enemies, 2017
Christian Rex van Minnen - Installation View: Christian Rex van Minnen, "Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn"
To view more artwork from the exhibition, click on images.

Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn

November 4 - December 23, 2017

Artist's Opening Reception

Saturday, November 4

5 - 8 p.m.

van Minnen will be in attendance

Richard Heller Gallery is proud to present Christian Rex van Minnen, Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn. This is van Minnen's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

From the artist:

"I am in a liminal space. It is disorienting and bewildering. I'm something, someone, somewhere in between the problem and the solution; the old and the new; asleep and #woke. I am in the darkness of individuation. It is the grieving part. The breaking down part. The humiliating part. Burning all away until what is left is a thin residue of a former self; Caput Mortuum. There is, however, an undeniable excitement about it all. It is sublime. It is an involuntary erection of the spirit. Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn.

The paintings in this show, like the trickster, are symbolic of liminality itself. Simultaneously specific and ambiguous. The imagery in the work include themes of heads and beheading, phallus and orifice, whimsy and melancholy, fluorescence and gray, penetration and erection, sex and death, power and powerlessness. In part, I am responding to a cultural entreatment to examine heterosexual male identity. This process is a labyrinth of self-deceit, grief, hope and excitement. This work is an attempt to describe the feelings and ideas experienced in this liminal state in between what was and what is becoming. I am motivated by both fear and a desire to love more fully, and at times they seem like the same thing."

~ Christian Rex van Minnen
About the artist:

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). Van Minnen is represented by Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles and Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, DK.

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.

Artist: Christian Rex van Minnen, Title: Caput Mortuum; Bright Side, 2017 - click for larger image
Christian Rex van Minnen  Caput Mortuum; Bright Side, 2017 
30 x 24 Inches  , Oil on panel  Sold

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