Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst - Thorsten Brinkmann

Thorsten Brinkmann

Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst / 27.04.2016

27.04.2016, 18Uhr
Auditorium, Speicher XI, Bremen

Über den Künstler
(English down below)

Thorsten Brinkmann, geboren 1971 in Herne, studierte visuelle Kommunikation an der Kunsthochschule Kassel und Kunst an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg.
2006 erhielt er ein Stipendium der Stadt Hamburg, 2011 wurde ihm die Ehre zuteil, den Kunstpreis Finkenwerder zu empfangen. 2012 wurde er mit einer Artist Residency des Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA, belohnt.

Seine Arbeiten finden sich in vielen renommierten Sammlungen, wie in der des Museum für Moderne in Salzburg, dem Fotomuseum in Winterthur, der Falckenberg Kollektion Hamburg und wurden in zahlreichen Ausstellungen in Deutschland und außerhalb präsentiert.

About the Artist

Thorsten Brinkmann (*1971, Herne, Germany)
studied Visual Communication at Kunsthochschule Kassel and Fine Arts at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg.
He received awards such as the scholarship of the city of Hamburg (2006), he was honoured with the Kunstpreis Finkenwerder in 2011 and received an artist residency in the Warhol Museum Pittsburgh in 2012.

His works are represented in renowned collections, such as the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, the Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, and have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, for instance in ALICE IN THE WONDERLAND OF ART at Hamburger Kunsthalle (group show, 2012), The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (group show, 2012) and Kunsthalle zu Kiel (solo show, 2011). In 2013 Brinkmann has transformed the interior of a 1.900-square-foot house in Pittsburgh into a permanent house-installation.

At the moment his work is on display in the group show `ICH`, at the Frankfurter SCHIRN ( group show, 2016), and at the solo exhibition `The Great Cape Rinderhorn`, RICE UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Houston,USA.
Most recently his work have been shown at SELBSTJUSTIZ DURCH FEHLEINKÄUFE – New acquisitions of the FALCKENBERG Collection 2011-2014, Falckenberg Collection Hamburg Harburg / Germany,(2015) at the solo exhibitions WARFARE CANARIES in Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, Belgium (2014) and KAFFEE DÜ WELT in Kunsthalle Bremerhaven (2013), Mediations Biennale, Poznan National Museum and Raczynski Library, Poznan, Poland ( group show, 2014) as well as a in group exhibition curated by Christian Lacroix at Abbaye de Montmajour in Arles, France (2013).

The Work:

"A self-proclaimed serialsammler (“serial collector”), Thorsten Brinkmann keeps whatever catches his eye as he sifts through the broken and discarded items sitting in purgatory on thrift store shelves. Brinkmann incorporates his finds into photographs, which he then combines with the found objects to create his room-sized installations. In his Portraits of a Serialsammler series, Brinkmann photographs himself wearing his creative ensembles of fabric-scrap vests, pleated skirts for capes, and trashcan helmets. In keeping with his affinity for concealment and surprise, he never shows his face. The images marry the traditional and absurd as his poses draw from centuries of Western painting conventions of old master portraiture. For example, a reclining figure may bring to mind Titian’s Venus of Urbino (1538), but Brinkmann never aims to replicate the exact painting. In another series, studiobluten (“studio blossoms”), he arranges the secondhand objects into elegant still lifes that mine painting traditions like Dutch Vanitas. Weathered paint cans, chipped vases, a bicycle chain, and miscellaneous bric-a-brac are given a fresh life through playful recombination and reframing."

Josh Fischer, Co Curator, Rice Gallery Houston, US



Bild: Grand Duc Vasario, 2014, Found Objects an C-Print, approx. 305 x 280 x 95 cm

Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst - Thorsten Brinkmann

Auditorium, Speicher XI, Bremen

27. April 2016, 18:00