Dennis Rudolph is a conceptual artist working in performance, video, painting, graphics and writing. His artistic practice derives its primal momentum from a melancholic reworking of the heritage of western culture, making classical historical genres available for a contemporary artistic approach.
Since 2012 Dennis Rudolph has been working on the development of The Portal, a gateway on the outskirts of California City, depicting the passage between heaven and hell. California City is a failed urban development project from the late 1950s in the desert near Los Angeles, and was never completed. Within the framework of this large-scale project, Rudolph sets out to create an artificial threshold in the midst of the Mojave Desert, most prominently drawing on arthistorical predecessors such as Lorenzo Ghiberti and Auguste Rodin. As a conceptual piece, The Portal involves modern spulptural practices, documentary techniques, as well as the staging of promotional performances which bring up issues of fundraising and negotiate the role of the artist in the 21st century.
Rudolph studied at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, the Repin-Academy in St. Petersburg and the Language and Culture Institute in Beijing. Recent exhibitions include the Museum der Arbeit Hamburg; DTLA Film Festival, Los Angeles; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; CAC Bretigny, France; Nayerische Staatsoper, Germany; Kunstverein Arnsberg; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Since 2014, Rudolph runs the exhibition space, residency and studio State of the Art in Berlin.
Rudolph has had four solo shows at Upstream Gallery, the most recent is Fallen Angels (2019), a multimedia exhibition that combines a focus on painting with virtual and augmented reality, dealing with an ideology of failed utopian vision and apocalypse in global history, while drawing a relationship with our contemporary image culture.