Christian Rieben’s work explores the contradictions inherent in the representation of three-dimensional imagery on a two-dimensional surface. The conflation of the pre-Modern idea of the painting as a window into another world with the Modern idea of the painting as an object and record of its own construction leads to imaginative tension-filled imagery. This art-historical content lies alongside Rieben’s diaristic narrative, where metaphoric characters stand in for the artist himself in the emotional travails of his life.
Mr. Rieben shows his work in Europe and America. (bio)