Rene Rietmeyer : Rietmeyer and Japan, Existence

 

Rene Rietmeyer
Rietmeyer and Japan, Existence

Public Open:
29 Aug - 11 Sep 2021 (11am - 6pm)

Venue :
JPS Gallery (Tokyo), 1-9-6 Jingumae,
Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前1-9-6

 

Since learning as a young boy that Vincent van Gogh always had a fascination for Japan, Rietmeyer studied Japanese culture and Japanese contemporary art. This resulted in many cooperations between him and several Japanese artists.

Today, now for over 25 years, Rietmeyer creates artworks related to Japan every time he visits. Rietmeyer is of the opinion that the culture of Japan had, and still has, a positive impact on his personality and also a very positive influence upon the development of his overall artistic direction. The Japanese culture and the thoughts of many Japanese artists influenced the development of Rietmeyer’s own cultural projects, all related to Time, Space and Existence.

Rene Rietmeyer makes works always related to a person or a country. His works can be seen as portraits, portraits of a person and often portraits of a region, a city or a very specific location. Artwork is always made in the very place it refers to, only then the maximum influence of that location can be transferred by the artist in the work itself. Japan as a whole and Tokyo in particular, being so different than his normal surroundings in Europe and the USA, have always inspired him to create unusual quality series of work.

Having the chance with using color, texture, material, composition and the size of the artwork itself, to express the atmosphere of Tokyo and several other cities he visited, enables Rietmeyer to express his relationship with Japan in his work in the sincerest way possible.

 



RENE RIETMEYER

Netherlands | B. 1957

Rene Rietmeyer engages Minimalism and Abstraction with his distinctive works that re-examine tensions between mentalistic objectives and expressionistic emotions. Departing from the conviction that even a minimalist approach cannot produce a completely depersonalized “objective” work of art free of emotion, Rietmeyer dedicates himself to the task of making visible the subjectivity of cities and landscapes. This comes about with the purely abstract formal means of color, form, material, surface structure, composition and the installation in space. Although he works with various materials, such as concrete, metal, glass, silicone and glue, oil paint remains his preferred medium.

Rene Rietmeyer makes works always related to a person or a country. His works can be seen as portraits, portraits of a person and often portraits of a region, a city or a very specific location. Artwork is always made in the very place it refers to, only then the maximum influence of that location can be transferred by the artist in the work itself.

Rietmeyer earned a Psychology degree in Innsbruck, Austria. Upon graduation, he acted as a founding director of a private art academy in Greece. Since 1994, he switched his attention to being a full-time artist and has had numerous travels and extended stays in Japan, Germany, Canada, France, Ireland, The Netherlands and the US, among other places. He is also the initiator of the Personal Structures project, a worldwide respected artists project that works on the subject of Time-Space-Existence, which was first launched in 2003.