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.
Within his most recent work, the Berlin based multimedia artist combines a focus on painting with virtual and augmented reality (VR, AR). Rudolph began using the virtual reality software Google TiltBrush as a medium in 2017 as he was fascinated by the immateriality of the process. The resulting artwork is present and absent at the same time. The medium also allows Rudolph to paint three dimensionally, allowing for movement and special effects to, int turn, feedback to the oil paintings we see at first glance. Refreshingly, painting in virtual reality has changed the way Rudolph paints ‘in real life’, creating an exchange between reality and virtual reality.
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).