Rudolf Stingel

New Styrofoam Works

April 22 - June 9, 2000
521 W 21st Street

NEW YORK— Recent works by Rudolf Stingel will be exhibited at the Paula Cooper Gallery on 521 West 21st Street from 22 April through 9 June 2000.

Using readily available materials such as styrofoam, carpet, and cast polyurethane, Stingel creates art based upon an underlying conceptual framework. A self-published manual of instructions, for example, describes his process of painting in an ironic, step-by-step account. The surfaces of his two-dimensional works are characteristically carved out, imprinted or indented, visibly evidencing the artist’s alteration of industrial matter.

This latest body of work consists of large pieces of white styrofoam measuring 16 x 16 feet and installed on the wall. Each is covered with a pattern of footprints produced by the artist walking directly on the material. Like his earlier carpet pieces, the placement of these works directly on the wall refere -nces the physical presence of paintings.

The artist has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is included in the following exhibitions: “Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, currently on view through December 2000, “Examining Pictures: Exhibiting Paintings,” at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England (5/7 - 9/19/99); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (7/24 - 9/19/99), and the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2/6/00 - 4/2/00) and “Painting Zero Degree,” a travelling exhibition in 2000-2002 organized by the Independent Curators International. Other exhibitions of his work have been held at the Kunsthalle Zürich and the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria.

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