Sunday, March 22, 2009

Christian Rex van Minnen "Neo- Grotesque" at Roq La Rue Gallery

Keyhole Portrait 4 by Christian Rex van Minnen

Featured artist Christian Rex van Minnen ( Interviewed in 2007) is currently involved with a solo exhibit at Roq la Rue Gallery. The show, titled ‘Neo-Grotesque’, involves 10 recent works as well as several of van Minnen’s landmark pieces from 2007-2008. Van Minnen's art, as the Roq La Rue Gallery press release states, features biological monstrosities painted in portrait form with a Renaissance formality.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of artists exploring subjects that are traditionally considered repulsive or unattractive while at the same time revealing the figures in a sympathetic manner that is enforced by aspects of traditional painting techniques-- this has been coined 'Neo-Grotesque'.
In Christian's work aspects of alchemy and automatism are linked together in the cognitive creative process. As he has stated, intention becomes line, line becomes shape, shape becomes form, and form becomes content. In his work Christian finds himself either suppressing or indulging his own desire to associate personal narrative to the raw visual information inherent in the material and process. Construction, destruction and reconstruction are symbiotic elements in the creative process allowing the image to fluctuate between abstraction and representation, truth and illusion, personal and archetypal.

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Also on exhibit, according to the Roq La Rue website, is a very small show of work by Japanese painter Yoko d'Holbachie. D’Holbachie’s work has been described as “Jim Woodring on acid“. Her work, like van Minnen, reflect a "grotesque" style. However, her works are more humorous and sweet in nature. Find out more at the Roq La Rue website-- Also visit,, for more information about Christian Rex van Minnen.
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