New York

Klaus Rinke

The Clocktower

Klaus Rinke is one of those artists whose use of systems often pushes his work toward the very decorativeness which such systems are generally intended to circumvent. This is probably because the systems and ideas which Rinke is involved with form the content of his work; they do not really determine its visual appearance as much as they are illustrated by it. This visual appearance seems familiar, involved with an ordinary kind of drawing which becomes really academic since, unconnected to Rinke’s feelings, it is not connected to his ideas. The large drawings of graphite on paper, bristol board and also the floor are thorough and energetic, with a kind of machismo draftsmanship which will probably be one of the hallmarks of the ’70s. The basis of much of Rinke’s work is the idea of expansion from a point or center to infinity and sometimes back again, and the form it most often takes is

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