It's About Time

Düsseldorf-schooled artist brings his punctual art to Scottsdale

Strolling into the office at 10 is trendy, and American CEOs are late to 80 percent of meetings, but German artist Klaus Rinke swears he’s always on time. In fact, he’s obsessed with it. “When I was young, I was required to be at home at 8 p.m. on the dot or face severe reprimand, so I depended upon clocks,” the artist notes in his autobiography.

The railway timekeepers of Rinke’s childhood served as inspiration for minimalist paintings and large-scale installations showing the passage of time, and Rinke’s artistic memories are on display for the first time in Arizona in his “Extra Time” exhibit at Bentley Gallery. The show features Rinke’s early “sculptural” paintings, including a piece depicting Gabriel’s Horn signaling the end of days. Says Rinke, who used to collaborate with the controversial Joseph Beuys, “Art is living together with each other at the same time, earthbound to the same globe.” Of course, if Nostradamus and the Mayans are right, that’ll only be for four more years.


Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Dec. 4. Continues through Jan. 30, 2008
 
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