Friday, July 24, 2015

Rebecca Krinke - Scuplture-Installation

Rebecca Krinke

Name: Rebecca Krinke
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Website: (my current work, in process) - .VaLtkxNViko (portfolio on Rosalux Gallery site) (portfolio on site)

Bio: Rebecca Krinke's practice works across sculpture, interior installations, public art, site works, and social practice. She has exhibited her work indoors in gallery settings (including BV Gallery, Bristol, England, Black Box Theatre Gallery, Galway, Ireland, Experiential Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA) and outdoors (including Franconia Sculpture Park and Silverwood Park). Krinke often creates temporary, participatory projects, such as her Black Box Camera Obscura, Northrop Plaza, U of MN, What Needs to Be Said? installed in a vacant storefront in St. Paul and the Nash Gallery in Minneapolis,Flood Stories, commissioned by the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, and Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She recently completed a commission for the public art program in Sacramento, CA, called Unknown/Known, an augmented reality project that explored a key street in that city.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

My art from graduate school culminated in a group of sculptures made primarily of pine needles that I installed as a temporary event in a pine forest. I called this work The Place to Share Beauty and Fear. This continues as an apt way to talk about my work, although I now often say, “I work in wonder and terror.” These seem to be the fundamental and paradoxical aspects of being alive. 

I am currently working on the installation that I will put up in Rosalux Gallery for an exhibition with Shana Kaplow opening August 2. The installation is called Dream Window/What is the City dreaming? and it is a direct outgrowth of my Northern Spark project Dream Window - which had two components - a surreal bed sculpture suspended high in the Mill City Museum’s Ruin Courtyard, and on the ground below, my team and I asked festival goers if they wanted to write or draw about a dream or nightmare they have had. We collected almost 500 dreams on beautiful Mylar pages. For the Rosalux show, I am reconfiguring the bed sculpture and planning to showcase the collected dreams as part of the installation. This project extends my temporary participatory work by bringing back the artifacts of the experience (the bed, the dreams) to a gallery show.

How did you decide to become an artist?

My art began with a powerful dream I had - as an adult - about a bear. It inspired me to make a sculpture of a bearskin rug out of aluminum foil as a gift to a friend. This started my first body of sculpture (all of aluminum foil) where I explored themes of animal, wildness, dreams, and domesticity. This work was shown and awarded. I eventually went to art school to have access to facilities, expand my material range, enjoy a community of artists, and deepen my work.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Be present, and make art from being present.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?

As a maker of large sculptures, installations and participatory projects, my work is not readily collectible - and I have not focused on selling it. I have received commissions and grants – I have and do put energy into this. I am currently taking stock of my “marketing plan”, meaning how I position my work. I have a strong private streak, yet I am also working with the public and ideas of the public realm, so it's an interesting paradox. I am thinking of my “marketing plan” as another art project and am looking forward to what will develop, such as a new website, and hopefully some more innovative and underground efforts too.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?

My colleagues in Rosalux Gallery are all very strong artists, I have so many other friends and colleagues who are terrific artists - it is very difficult to choose or say.

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

As a sculptor, I feel affinity with Franconia Sculpture Park and Franconia in the City, and also the Soap Factory for the adventure of some work they show - such as sculptor Chris Larson’s recent “Wise Blood” opera/collaboration. SooVac,Wing Young Huie’s Third Place Gallery, , TuckUnder Projects, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and All My Relations Gallery are inspiring venues.

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 

I sign up for the emails to come to my inbox - 
from the City Pages 
The Line and several others.
Nationally and internationally I look at the New York Times Guardian UK

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future? 
Shana Kaplow and I have a two-person exhibition called Low Lying Area, at Rosalux Gallery running 8/2/15-8/30/15, with the reception Saturday, August 8th from 7-10 PM.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I have been making a series of bed sculptures, and I hope to make an even more comprehensive interior room – with a bed, cabinets, and a reading table, holding sculptural books I make to be handled/read by gallery goers as they contemplate the room. I see this project as extending my work more deeply into the psychological, the haptic, and the participatory.

Image List:
1. Dream Window (bed sculpture), at Mill City Museum Courtyard, Northern Spark commission, June 13, 2015
2. Dream Window (bed sculpture), at Mill City Museum Courtyard, Northern Spark commission, June 13, 2015
3. Dream Window (bed sculpture), at Mill City Museum Courtyard, Northern Spark commission, June 13, 2015
4. Dream Window (bed sculpture), at Mill City Museum Courtyard, Northern Spark commission, June 13, 2015
5. Dream Window (festival goers writing their dreams  on Mylar using special “glow boxes” created by Krinke and her team), at Mill City Museum Courtyard, Northern Spark commission, June 13, 2015
6. Incident, (bed sculpture), at Rosalux Gallery, Mpls, MN, July 2014
7. Incident (detail), at Rosalux Gallery, Mpls, MN, July 2014

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