My work is a response to the way in which our visual understanding of reality has been altered by the ubiquitous presence of technology. Powerful viewing apparatuses such as deep-space telescopes, satellite and infra-red cameras, and electron microscopes, have given us visual access to worlds that extend far beyond our corporeal senses. Advances in digital technology have given us sophisticated tools to create imagery of spectacular realism, whether it exists in the natural or imagined realm. This is most evident in popular culture as computer generated imagery in movies have created such heightened simulations of reality that we now take their presence for granted.
As a painter and installation artist, I present a pictorial language that is altered by technology, in turn becoming a lens through which we translate our contemporary understanding of space. I am seeking to create a psychological state that reflects the way in which our imagination has been affected by all of this artificial, remote viewing. Imagery in my work is constructed and manipulated through opposing forces and visual impossibilities, via intense color, and optical effects. The landscape, a prevalent theme in my recent work, is no longer a depiction of the natural world we inhabit. Rather it becomes a manifestation of desire and memory imposed upon by the artifice of technology. In these worlds, vaporous bodies hover against ambiguous celestial spaces only to be interrupted by layers of interference in the form of crisply defined graphic details that recall clouds from Renaissance woodcuts or Chinese landscape painting. It is my desire to create paintings and installations that seduce the viewer into believing that the impossible spaces that are presented within them can potentially exist.
Artist Bio / CV
Cristi Rinklin, (MFA University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, BFA Maryland Institute, College of Art), creates paintings depicting lush, hyper-real spaces that echo the technological impact on the subconscious. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and is currently represented by Rhys Gallery, Boston, where she will be having a solo exhibition in the fall of 2008. Rinklin also has affiliations with Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, and Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmount, NY, where her work will be included in an upcoming group exhibition titled “Crazy Beautiful.” Recent exhibitions include “Big Bang! Abstraction for the 21st Century” a group exhibition at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, “Heidi Hove and Cristi Rinklin,” a two person exhibition at Rhys Gallery, Boston, and “Nuvolomondo,” a solo installation at the Remis Sculpture Court, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA. Rinklin is the recipient of a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Artist’s Resource Trust and the Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and has been a Visiting Artist/Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. She is currently a professor of Painting and Drawing at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, MA, and resides in Boston, MA.