STERNE UND STREIFEN
German artist Thomas Rentmeister (°1964) uses found objects and everyday materials as the main elements for his works. He often uses unconventional substances such as Nutella, baby crème, refrigerators or paper tissues, transforming their original intension and reviving them with a new meaning. During the nineties he became known to a larger public through his high-gloss, amorphous polyester blobs, which build another corner stone of his oeuvre. Rentmeister’s work refers to Minimalism but 'freshens up its severe stylistic vocabulary with a healthy dash of Post Pop and Dadaist nonconformity.’* His oeuvre is humoristic without being cynical; it’s cheeky and playful as well as concentrated and straight. With his work ‘oscillating between an emotional ‘will to art’ and a humorous art and institutional critique […], the artist carefully avoids taking a clear stand.’* In his show ‘Sterne und Streifen’ at SALOON Rentmeister shows a series of newer and older sculptures and objects from the eighties to 2016, including some of his most recent works.
Rentmeister studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and is Professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. His work has been seen in numerous institutional solo exhibitions including Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; and in group shows including Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerpen; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro and Museum Tinguely, Basel.
* Christoph Schreier: Culture paste. The Rebirth of Modernism out of Nutella Spread and Penaten Baby Cream, Rentmeister, Thomas and Christoph Schreier: Thomas Rentmeister. Objects. Food. Rooms. Kunstmuseum Bonn / Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2011
Photography: Lola Pertsowsky, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and SALOON