During the official opening on January 13, the 10 min. performance OOXEL will be carried out by Ritterbex and German fashion designer Nadine Sahm. This performance is centred on both the merging of two female bodies and two egos into one and the power relations and fundamental complexities surrounding this idea of merging. This will be the first collaboration between Ritterbex and Sahm, who found one another in the combination of paint and fabric. The intersection of art and design functioned as an inspiration for this performance.
Ritterbex is intrigued by the similarity between contemporary (digital) exhibitionism and artistic practice. Core theme of this exhibition is the growing importance for contemporary artists of shameless and public self-promotion (ego boosting) through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Still, just as important for an artist is to have actual conversations about the artistic process, for talking – questioning and being questioned – offers possibilities for growth, thus Ritterbex. It is this antidote to the solitary studio-life of the artist that we find in her movie “Talking about art with friends”. In this video, the process of meaning making through personal interaction is on display.
In her new paintings, Ritterbex explores the concepts of absence and presence, representing the same spaces in two different ways: filled with people and all empty. A face always attracts attention, even in its most abstract form. What then happens when all those faces leave the scene and all that rests is the presence of a faceless or ‘abandoned’ space? Does this completely alter the character of the work, and if so, in which way? These are some of the questions at stake in the recent works of Ritterbex.In 2017 the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht acquired the 365 Days Selfie Series of Tanja Ritterbex.
Ritterbex lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Institutes of education in which she is being involved include De Ateliers (2014-2015, Amsterdam), Kunstakademie Dusseldorf (2010-2013) and Academie Beeldende Kunst (2002-2006, Maastricht). Ritterbex has been awarded the Royal Award for Modern Painting (2016). In 2017, her work has been included in group exhibitions at Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen and Sans Titre, Vol. 3, Paris amongst other. Earlier she showed her work at a solo booth at Art Rotterdam 2016 with Ornis A. Gallery, Parkstad Limburgprijs in Schunck, Heerlen (2016), DSM collection, Heerlen (2016), Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam (2015), Showroom Mama, Rotterdam (2015), Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht (2015, 2013), W139, Amsterdam (2014), and CFA Gallery, Berlin (2014).
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