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Christian Rex van Minnen

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.

New work by van Minnen will be exhibited in Richard Heller Gallery's booth, 345, at Expo Chicago, 2018.

1980, Providence, RI / Lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA

2002     BA, Regis University

Solo Exhibitions

Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Enantiodromia, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Golden Memes, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

Glazed and Confused, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Welsh Rats, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

Fever Dream, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Rainbow Blight, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Neo-Grotesque, Roq la Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Expo Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Immersion, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Dallas Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Dallas, TX

UNTITLED, ART, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
EXPO Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Dallas Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Dallas, TX
Beheaded, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
con-figuration, Postmasters, New York, NY

UNTITLED, ART, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
EXPO Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Juxtapoz x Superflat, co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz Magazine), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Juxtapoz x Superflat, co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz Magazine), Pivot Art + Culture Center, Seattle, WA
Dallas Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Dallas, TX

Objects Installation, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
HEY! 3, Halle St Pierre, Paris, FR
The Copenhagen Interpretation, Lodge Gallery, NY, NY
Jokes of Nature, Redline Arts, Denver, CO
All Types of Characters, Joshua Liner Gallery, NY, NY
Pulse NYC, Gallery Poulsen, NY, NY 

Heat! Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, DK
Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
Winter Group Show, Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY, NY
Ducks, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Messin’ With The Masters, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
The Gallery Poulsen 10 Years Anniversary Show, Copenhagen, Denmark
Beinart Collective 2013 Group Show, Copro Gallery, LA, CA
Varnish 10th Anniversary Show, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
The Wild Bunch, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Unnatural History, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, England
Against the Grain, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SWAB Contemporary Art Fair, Represented by MiTO Contemporary, Barcelona, Spain

Cute and Creepy, Florida State Univ. Museum of Fine Art,Tallahassee, FL
Don’t Wake Daddy VI, Feinkunst Kruger, Hamburg, Germany
Dark Water, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
What would we wish for in the future?, Biologiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Another Roadside Attraction, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, New York

Ripe, Seattle Pacific Arts Center, Seattle, WA
Another Roadside Attraction, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
New Realisms, MiTO Contemporary, Barcelona, Spain

OCHO: Numero Atomico Global Group Show, ROJO Artspace, Barcelona, Spain
15th Annual Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Juxtapoz Magazine, Vol. 159, San Francisco, CA
Lodown, Mystery Issue, Berlin, Germany
The Wild, WTF Issue, NY, NY
Joia Magazine, Vol. 36, Santiago, Chile
Hi-Fructose, Vol. 25, Ouch Factory Yum Club, Richmond, CA
Hey! Modern Art and Pop Culture Mag., Ankama Editions, Paris, France
Cute and Creepy Exhibition Catalog, Florida State U MoFA, Tallahassee, FL
Playboy Magazine, November 2010, Playboy Inc., Chicago, IL
Beautiful/Decay Book 4, Feral Children Publishing, Los Angeles, CA
Direct Art Magazine, Vol., 17 Slowart Publishing, NY
Cartilagine, Vol. 0, Milan, Italy
Empty Magazine, Issue #15 (Cover), Design is Kinky Publishing, Australia
ROJO OCHO: Numero Atomico, ROJO Publishing, Barcelona, Spain
Direct Art Magazine Vol. 15, Slowart Publishing, NY
Look de Book, Issue #2 Vol. 1, Barcelona, Spain
Metamorphosis II, Beinart Publishing Co. New Brunswick, Australia

David Pagel, "Van Minnen: To Cut Out the Cracks int he Patriarchal Society," Gallery Magazine, China, January

David Pagel, "Christian Rex van Minnen's modern tales of male domination, painted like an old master," LA Times, November 25, 2017
Evan Pricco, "Christian Rex van Minnen In Mourning and Rebirth," Juxtapoz, November
Rosalind Duguid, "Christian Rex van Minnen on Horror, Humour and Light," Elephant, October 31
Jacob Hicks, “Christian Rex van Minnen in Conversation with Jacob Hicks,” QuantumArtReview, February 4

Diana Shi, “Opposites Attract in a Surreal and Terrifying Art Show,” The Creators Project, October 2
Nina Azzarello, “christian rex van minnen's paintings are brutal, beautiful and bizarre,” Design Boom, February 22

Nastia Voynovskaya, “Studio Visit: Christian Rex van Minnen Breaks Down His Layered Oil Painting Process,” Hi Fructose, June 8
Helena Celdrán, “Christian van Minnen: retratos y bodegones de belleza repulsiva,” 20 minutos, February 17

Julie Antolick Winters, “Interview: Christian Rex van Minnen,” Bein Art Gallery, November 13
Marco Annunziata and Kate Messinger, “RUDE BOYS: Christian Rex van Minnen,” The Wild Magazine,
April 1

Meghan MacRae, “Fever Dream...Christian Rex van Minnen,” CVLT NATION, May 27
Russ Crest, “Made With Color Presents: The Grotesque Paintings Of Christian Rex van Minnen,”
Beautiful/Decay, March 27
Marina Galperina, “Artist’s Notebook: Christian Rex van Minnen,” Animal, March 25

Meighan O’Toole, “Q&A WITH CHRISTIAN REX VAN MINNEN,” My Love for You Blog, November 3

Artist in Residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO

TV & Film
Featured in @Large: Creators at Work TV Documentary Series, Redbull Production Studios, NYC

Denver Art Museum
Djurhuus Collection
Colecciōn Solo
Richard B. Sachs Collection


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