Koen van Rijn

beeldhouwen - communicatie - conceptueel - experimenteel - fotografie - installatie - land art - objecten - omgeving - publieke ruimte - samenwerking - sculptuur - urban

Koen van Rijn (1993, based in Rotterdam) is a visual artist who works in a variety of media. He creates situations in which everyday objects are changed or disconnected from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and / or contexts are created. With a conceptual approach, he presents everyday objects combined with witty elements but also slightly provocative. His works respond directly to the environment, often these are framed examples that would go unnoticed in their original context.


UNDER THE HIGHWAY SIGN, 2021 - Object Proposal for the museum of orphan objects. Kleinpolderplein, Rotterdam
Building Walls, 2020 - The Building Walls project is an art installation in public space. By copying / recontextualizing materials and objects from the municipality, it is possible to place something in public space. I therefore posed as a project leader to place a "wall" in public space, because the first method of gentrification in the Rotterdam Act is demolition, renovation or new construction. If something is newly built or renovated in the city, it will be closed off with a wooden wall. It is 'allowed' to graffiti on the wooden plates surrounding the construction site, often done immediately after placement. After construction everything will get removed, including the graffiti which is autonomously applied by the artist. By defining an area, as construction does, will this art installation influence public space without realizing that it has any influence. In this way, the municipality thinks it "belongs" and I provide a wall where autonomous street art can be applied without the artist knowing that it is an art installation I created. This makes the art installation an interactive, inconspicuous remarkable work. Wall 1 is placed on 24 April 2020, Coolhavenstraat, Rotterdam. Interaction on day 8 (1 may 2020), piece by ‘Rotterdang’ Wall 2 is placed on 16 may 2020. Bergselaan, Rotterdam. Interaction on day 10 (26 may 2020), piece by ’Naamlooozz’ https://koenvanrijn.com/Building-Walls
Framed Rules, 2019 - Framed Rules is an art installation in public space, placed on November 21, 2019 in the Museumpark in Rotterdam. In my research I discovered that placing an art object in public space legally is very difficult because of the policy and rules regarding art in public space. Placing a "work of art" in public space becomes easier when it is conceived for city marketing, which is an important factor for gentrification. I therefore wonder if there are still "legal" autonomous art in public space... I copied a board design from the government and changed the context to inform the viewer about the rules that art in the public space must comply with. The art-work Framed Rules is a work of art that deals with art in public spaces to reflect on art in public spaces. https://koenvanrijn.com/Framed-Rules
Castle, 2020 - https://koenvanrijn.com/Castle
Poem, 2020. - Subvertising https://koenvanrijn.com/Poem
Grammable a post-internet project, 2017 – ongoing. - "Grammable" The urge to cling to our mobile devices is shown through abstract images in a realistic setting. This photo series surreptitiously reflects the impact of social media and the fearful need to be visible to everyone and everything. With comical flexibility, misconceptions and the absurdism of our social addiction come to life. https://koenvanrijn.com/Grammable
Openbare ruimte/Public Space, 2018. - Is public space, public space. https://koenvanrijn.com/Openbare-ruimte
Gereserveerd / reserved, 2018. - https://koenvanrijn.com/Gereserveerd