Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel
Instructions, 1989
Silkscreen inks on sintra face mounted on plexiglas108 x 155.5cm
1989 Silkscreen inks on sintra face mounted on plexiglas108 x 155.5cm

Though Rudolph Stingel’s work isn’t presented on traditional canvases he is a painter in the purest sense. Through his instructional photographs and installations, his work explores the essence of making, gesture, and expression through questioning authenticity and authorship. Often inviting the audience to interact with his work, Stingel promulgates the artistic process, allowing his artworks to develop as public ‘collaborations’. Through reconsidering the appreciation of aesthetics as a relational experience, Stingel challenges ideas of cultural hierarchy, modes of production, and the mythology of the artist. Rudolf Stingel’s Instructions is a silkscreen print detailing the process of making one of his own abstract paintings. Composed in a grid reminiscent of Warhol’s pop paintings, Stingel disseminates the ‘how to’ of masterpiece construction as a democratic activity. Offering conceptualism for all with Blue Peter simplicity, Stingel’s print operates as both resolution and impetus; in presenting the suggestion of what might be made rather than a finished canvas, he renders to power of potential as a radical argument with which to approach contemporary painting.

Rudolf Stingel
Untitled, 2002
Celotex tuff-r laid on panel

Rudolf Stingel’s Untitled is comprised of two panels taken from a previous installation. In a monumental architectural intervention, Stingel lined a museum’s walls, floor, and ceiling with pre-fab insulation panels; the silver surfaces recontextualising the gallery as an environment of reflection and super-futurism. Viewers were invited to participate in the piece by carving into the foam panels, with the resulting graffiti creating an intricately etched pattern which constantly evolved throughout the exhibition. In Untitled, the names, messages, and drawings of these viewers are exhibited as a separate piece in its own right, elevating the artwork of everyday people as a field of sublime contemplation.


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