Who is Kevin A. Rausch?
The young Austrian contemporary artist Kevin A. Rausch is a painter and sculptor. His impressive large artworks are breathtaking. We are very pleased to feature and share the artist and his work here on our Munchies art club with you. Enjoy!
The artist tells us a bit about his work:
I started drawing, doodling and defacing very, very early on. Back then, my school books were already being used as drawing paper, much to the displeasure of my teachers, my grandmother, and mother.
After an unfinished school career I tried different jobs. They never lasted long - although I had an apprenticeship as an aluminum portal locksmith.
But the work wasn’t really interesting either and in the end I also didn't graduate.... the rebel in me ...
“What really interests me about Kevin A. Rausch’s art is what he DOESN’T …” -Dieter Schrage - Cultural Scientist -Curator
During that time I already had my own studio in Wolfsberg which I got through a very valued artist colleague. It was great to have my own space. It felt good and that same feeling from back then still reverberates.
In 2000 I left for Vienna and applied to the Academy of Fine Arts - didn’t pass. In retrospect I am glad I wasn’t accepted.
It would take too much time to explain why but it definitely fitted my career path.
It’s not easy for me to talk about my work. There is no overarching concept, no comprehensive idea attached to it. This would only limit me.
There is a fundamental tone though, a certain kind of absurdity, a style that has haunted me since early childhood and which now makes my art look the way it looks.
Of course in combination with the day-to-day work in the studio that sometimes is an arduous undertaking. For this I prefer and use painting, sculpturing, analogue film, and music.
My methods are intuitive and emotional. What often looks instant, is a lengthy process. Constant reworking of points, lines, and surfaces.
Abstract and figurative elements are coming together until a point is reached where the whole picture suddenly fits.
Chance also plays a part. In my works you often see people in desolate surroundings, searching, wandering around, mostly doing something senseless or just standing and waiting until the day ends and night falls, then they are just lingering and meandering in the night.
Only the light, the time changes, the characters stay the same. Maybe they are outcasts, displaced people, forgotten people or people who think differently, who haven’t found their place in society.
Could I be one of them?
As a catalyst I observe a lot, question a lot and try to reconnect the dots, sometimes in an ironic, sometimes in a genuine way.
Did you know that the following sentence is written on Kurt Schwitters grave?
"you never know" -Kurt Schwitters
In the studio I am processing impressions, trying to make undergone experiences and observations visible. It is a place of retreat.
I entrust myself to it in order to grasp and better understand the intricacies of our time and also the ephemeral.
You could assume that my art is a way of proclaiming. And maybe it is, and maybe it is not.
when/how did you find out you are an artist?
The desire to create and leave something thoughtful and beautiful behind manifested very early on during my teenage years. It just made sense to me and I soon stopped questioning it.
Various influences and especially people, who believed in me and my work, have contributed to what was necessary to really take this path and make it come true.
“Kevin Rausch's works contain nuances, an unmistakable subtle color scheme and something that we all carry within us: the draw into the distance, the still undiscovered outland, at the same time the desire for protection, security and invulnerability.” -Barbara Baum
where do you come from, how did that influence you?
I was born in the small town of Wolfsberg in Carinthia. Growing up there has certainly shaped me and left a mark. It wasn't always easy.
There was a lot of discontent and displeasure and the focus and perseverance necessary to deal with the challenges I encountered have strengthened me and given me the clarity of purpose, the reason why I never stopped creating and will continue to do so.
where, when, how do you work best?
In desolate big cities at night, sometimes in total silence, sometimes with loud music, it depends, currently in my studio in Vienna when the sun goes down.
where, how do you usually get inspired?
Whenever I take trips to other countries. My residencies in Cairo and Naples (I am also a big SSC NAPOLI supporter), for example, had a great influence on me and my work.
By immersing myself in a different culture, by encountering interesting people and listening to their stories it is easy to bring about the contrast that fuels my imagination.
Sometimes I also get a real boost after visiting an exhibition. The latest example was the Gerhard Richter show in Vienna. I went to see it three times.
Then of course there is the inspiration that comes through music. Over the years I have built up a considerable vinyl collection which I couldn’t do without.
what are your newest projects?
The Super 8mm short film “NAPULE” which I shot in Naples last year.
what are you working on currently?
Right now I am working on an exhibition in Naples where I am going to show the film “NAPULE” in collaboration with Neapolitan photographer Ciro Batilloro, who has done impressive visual studies of local people in Southern Italy.
There is the prospect of a very exclusive location….but more on that in the near future.
I am also working on new sculptures and a series of big-size paintings.
SOLO SHOWS SELECTION:
the great in – between, Galerie 422 Margund Lössl, Gmunden
nichts kommt von nachts, Köppe Contemporary, Berlin
silence is closer, Galerie Schmidt, Reith i. A., Tirol
after the years of trying, Galerie Hoorn & Reniers, Den Haag
Bundesministerium Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport
MMKK - Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten
Red Bull Hangart 7
Galerie 422, Gmunden
Köppe Contemporary, Berlin
Profile picture of the artist was taken by @ Martin Rauchenwald
All other images credits go to Andrew Rinkhy
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We thank the remarkable artist Kevin for kindly sharing with us his story and his incredible artworks.