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Van Rijn positions his work within, beyond, aside and in front of everyday reality. Its content is fuelled by the ever recurring discussion on the end of art, which is taken as a metaphor for today's cultural and moral state of affairs. Currently his focus is on researching the cultural dimensions of Neo-Paganism, specifically Wicca or Modern Witchcraft. Stemming from the spiritual attitudes within early modernism, Wicca's sampling of existing 'traditions' into a new religious phenomenon has many tangents with today's artist practice. Through an output of text, images and performance, it puts forward challenging approaches to fundamental socio-cultural concepts such as time and history, nature and ecology, gender relations, spirituality and religion. Employing a wide range of media -from drawing to artists' publications and from installation to performance- Van Rijn's research explores Neo-Paganism as an invented revivalist tradition based on rejected knowledge.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Exhibitions, Projects 2012
Contemporary Surrealist Drawings from the collection of the Boijmans van Beuningen museum, Rotterdam, NL (curated by Sjarel Ex)
Institut Néerlandais, Paris, France 
March 1 - April 13, 2012


The Tapeworm # 38
With special Pooman design for the cover titled:
 'The tapewyrm will drive out any stuck up turd with fragrant sounds!'. 
On the tape music by Achim Mohné. Titled 'And it could have been dead...'
To be ordered at www.tapeworm.org.uk