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Rafael Klein 

 

 

Rafael Klein grew up in Coney Island, New York. His work explores the ways we impose our own personal narratives on the world we inhabit. He thinks that sometimes our preconceived ideas about a place are so strong that, when we finally arrive, it is these imagined stories and sensations that surround us. 

 

‘Tin Temples’, his first large solo exhibition at 112 Greene Street in New York, was an installation of huge relief works exploring different aspects of American mythology. ‘The Car’, ‘Hollywood’, and ‘Florida’ are all myths creating their own ‘invented world’. They all came together in an immersive environment, seductively reproducing these icons while hinting at the darkness lurking just behind the stage set. The theme of Transformations of perceived reality is present throughout a lot of Klein’s work. Dante’s Divine Comedy was the basis of an exhibition at the 12th century Biblioteca Classense in Ravenna.

 

More recently, Klein has used Coney Island as a subject in a series of sculptures presented at the Royal Academy and an artists’ book and film presented last year at the British Library. Each of his exhibitions are accompanied by a limited edition artists’ book which can be found       alongside the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, the British Library and many other galleries. Klein’s public sculptures are also transformative environmental interventions which explore the nature of public space. They incorporate community collaboration in creating permanent sculptures which both crystallise and expand the space’s uses and identity.

 

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Rafael Klein grew up in Coney Island, New York. His work explores the ways we impose our own personal narratives on the world we inhabit.
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