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Kathrin Rank

Berlin / Germany

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Drawing, Painting • Born in Bielefeld / Germany • Studied at Bielefeld and Brunswick / Germany - lives and works in Berlin

Published  29/07/2016   |   Updated  10/04/2019

PAINTED SUSPENSE

People in the foreground – in front of landscapes, city panoramas, campfires. Kathrin Rank paints silhouettes in what seems like idyllic back light situations. But why does the observer feel an increasing twitch? Is it the airport’s window, which could be scattered by a plummeting airplane at any time, the dog staining a perfect picture by urinating against the wall, dark characters ganging up? Or is it the surface of free painting, which...

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People in the foreground – in front of landscapes, city panoramas, campfires. Kathrin Rank paints silhouettes in what seems like idyllic back light situations. But why does the observer feel an increasing twitch? Is it the airport’s window, which could be scattered by a plummeting airplane at any time, the dog staining a perfect picture by urinating against the wall, dark characters ganging up? Or is it the surface of free painting, which embeds the figures, outshines them, but at the same time dissolves them again and makes them invisible? The observer stands before the painted figures, looking into the distance with them and wanting to tell them "Watch out, there’s something wrong!" But there is no sequence to follow. The image is the perfect moment, carrying beauty and the eerily at the same time.

Art always possesses a high level of symbolic power. Ranks works are mainly based on the expressive power of the signified and are therefore closer to allegory than to the mere image. In her paintings, she welds the passing moment into a very subtle harmony of the ephemeral moment. It is a development of a specific poetry of the everyday, which allows new insights into seemingly profane subjects. Urban Berlin life poses as a backdrop and influence but also the artistic argument with an exaggerated materialistic world plays an important role.

Kathrin Ranks paintings reveal insights and outlooks. They play with shadow and light. Backlight turns figures into silhouettes. The background pushes forward and embeds the silhouettes in colour. The superficial resigns and is put into relation to the painted surroundings. Objects fade through surface and contour. The accidental gains importance through colour. Colour is perceived as an abstract and sensual art which transforms into something pictured. The outside is a gateway for the inside, outside landscape turns to inner landscape.

Sarunas P. Kaiba, Riga

Wolkenkreuzer, 2011, 200 x 220 cm

Wolkenkreuzer, 2011, 200 x 220 cm

Gezeiten, 2015, 125 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

Gezeiten, 2015, 125 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

on the left: die Übergabe, 2014, 155 x 195cm / on the right: Entbergung, 2017, 155 x 160 cm

on the left: die Übergabe, 2014, 155 x 195cm / on the right: Entbergung, 2017, 155 x 160 cm

Wind stürzt Lied, 2017, 170 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

Wind stürzt Lied, 2017, 170 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

Zero, 2018, 170 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

Zero, 2018, 170 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

my home is my castle, 2017, 170 x 200 cm, charcoal on canvas

my home is my castle, 2017, 170 x 200 cm, charcoal on canvas

Waldung, 2013, 155 x 230 cm, charcoal on canvas

Waldung, 2013, 155 x 230 cm, charcoal on canvas

Richard Haizmann Museum Niebüll 2018

Richard Haizmann Museum Niebüll 2018

Allüberall, 2018, 170 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

Allüberall, 2018, 170 x 240 cm, oil on canvas

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

after painting is before painting

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

oil or charcoal on canvas

What themes do you pursue?

painted suspense

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

why should we not be able to paint the sunset? The question is: how?

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Meeresstille by Arnold Böcklin

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

there is no alternative, I always wanted to be a painter

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

the studio of my husband, the painter Mirko Schallenberg ;-)


WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Bertelsmann, Washington

Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Investment Bank, Berlin

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PUBLICATIONS

INDIVIDUAL CATALOGES: “Bilder“, Gallery bs15, Brunswick, 1999, text: Kathrin Rank / “Bildzeichen“ Kunstverein Meinersen, 2002, text: Matheos Pontikos / “Zwischenraumklang“, Gallery Konvention, Berlin, text: Kathrin Rank / “fossile Augenblicke“, 2008, text: Timo Kaabi Linke, deutscher Co-Verlag Art In Flow Berlin, ISBN 3-938457-03-01 / GROUP CATALOGES: Kunsthalle Braunschweig, 1996, text: manifestos of the Painters Group Konvention / MMI Akademie Riddagshausen, Brunswick, 1996 / BAG, Köln, 1996 “Bilder“ / Gallery Eichenmüllerhaus, Lemgo, 1997 / “Gemälde“ Pelikan-Viertel, Hanover, 1997 / guesthouse Petersberg, Königswinter, "5. exhibition to promote young artists from the Federal Republic of Germany", 1997, text: manifestos of the Painters Group Konvention / municipal art collection Salzgitter, Salon Salder, 1998 / 1st Edition of the Artist’s Newspaper "Konvention", 2000, text: manifestos of the Painters Group Konvention / second Edition of the Artist’s Newspaper "Konvention", 2001, text: manifestos of the Painters Group Konvention “ /Augenblick, verweile doch, du bist so schön" Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum, Hilden, 2006, text: Dr. Wolfgang Antweiler “ / 20 Jahre Künstlerhaus Meinersen“, 2009, text: Ernst Posselt, Dr. Rüdiger Rodloff, Lutz Stratmann / “naturANSICHTEN“, Gallery Alte Schule Adlershof, Berlin, 2010, text: Matheos Pontikos / “Delikatessen“ urban gallery Altötting, 2012, text: conversation between Dr. Alfred Gunzenhauser, Uta Reinhardt and Oliver Gröne / “Part3“, Kunstmarkt Petershagen, 2013, Text: Joachim Flintzak und Jacek Barsk Künstlermagazin / RUW! Issue 1 - ordinary madness, 2013, deutscher Co-Verlag Art In Flow Berlin, ISBN: 978-3-938457-22-1 / Künstlermagazin RUW! Issue 2 - von Kleist, 2014, deutscher Co-Verlag Art In Flow Berlin, ISBN: 978-3-938457-24-5 / Künstlermagazin RUW! Issue 3 - nach dem Danach, 2015, deutscher Co-Verlag Art In Flow Berlin, ISBN: 978-3-938457-28-3 / Künstlermagazin RUW! Issue 4 - Kannibalen wie du und ich, 2016 / Künstlermagazin RUW! Issue 5 – the text, 2016 / Künstlermagazin RUW! Issue 6 – Arbeitsunfall, 2018, J.K. Verlag Berlin, ISBN: 978-3-942847-98-8 / R U W - a limited edition artist publication, Objekt-Magazine, Icon Verlag, München, 2018 ISBN: 978-3-928804-83-7 / The Album of the first Dafen International Oil Paining Biennale 2018, Clapnet Verlag, ISBN: 978-7-5190-4096-3 / Künstlermagazin RUW! Issue 7 – Don´t eat the yellow snow, 2019, J.K. Verlag Berlin, ISBN: 978-3-942847-97-1


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