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English

Christoph Fink

The Montreal Walks, 2008

Selected by Joëlle Tuerlinckx

While journeying by foot, bike and aeroplane, Christoph Fink gathers and transforms precise data through a unique notation system, and his clay and ceramic discs spring from this process. This study is sustained by research into the different periods of earth’s evolution, its ecosystem and geography as shaped by the political. It leads to a representation of the globe, or, more precisely, a representation of the globe’s space-time (the central void embodies space-time to come). The clay ball is fashioned according to detailed calculations, and engraved with ‘moments of knowledge’. I’m amazed by the way Fink manages to convey his vast research and his exceptionally rich understanding of the world with such minimal means. Like me, he’s fascinated by the complexity of reality, in which he finds beauty and rebellion.

Fink’s works defy categorisation, they stand somewhere between cartography, music, sculpture, drawing, and evoke a time where painter and geographer were one and the same person (the geographer’s job was still be invented). The amount of work that forms the basis of his practice is truly admirable, because so rare today. His numerous studies, sketches, researches and notations demonstrate a total commitment, every day renewed, and miles away from the art world system, with its fairs, galleries, museums … Fink builds his own vision of the world, one which is radically ethical, political, poetical, and directed only towards more freedom. This artist was for me an obvious choice because of his ethics, so urgently needed. May they inspire many others to find and further their own artistic journeys.

Christoph Fink
Born Belgium, 1963
Lives and works in Brussels and Gent

IMAGE CREDITS

Images 1, 2 and 3: Christoph Fink, The Montreal Walks (12 254,94 km, 195 h 30’51"), space and time disc, 2008. Ceramics, diameter 47cm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, View on a pile of travel notes (movement #79 The Istanbul Walks). Travelogue of chronometered sketches made while moving by foot, train, bicycle, plane, boat , car.... 1 sheet = 296mm x 81mm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Study of the landscape in front and behind the horizon line looking out of the front window of the gallery. A composition precisely calculated out of the center coordinates of the gallery, 2008. Oilpaint drawing on window, 280 x 80cm, fragment. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Several studies of the planet earth including time and space, 2005. Ceramic discs, variable diameters of approx. 20 – 25cm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Study of the planet earth including time and space, 2005. Ceramic disc before baking, diameter approx. 21cm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Preparative sketch for the structure of a time cluster drawing of Movement #59, The Cleveland Walks; a time cluster of 462:46’52” or 1 666 012 sec, 15 504,3137 km, 2003. 210 x 164mm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Atlas of Movements, Movement #52 (The frankfurt Walks) (detail), 2002. Ink and pencil on paper cut-out and printed text on paper, (5400mm x 1365mm and extension 450mm x 2370mm), fragment. Exhibition view, Manifesta, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Français

Christoph Fink

The Montreal Walks, 2008

Sélectionné par Joëlle Tuerlinckx

Les disques de terre et de céramique de Christoph Fink sont le résultat cumulé de données très précises récoltées et transformées par l'invention d'un système de notation menés depuis de longues années en voyage, à pied, en vélo, en avion à travers le monde. L'étude est également soutenue d'une formidable recherche sur les différentes périodes de l'évolution de la terre, son écosystème, sa géographie gouvernée, 'travaillée' par le politique : il s'en suit une représentation de terre de la Terre et plus exactement d'une représentation de l'espace-temps de la Terre (le vide central est l'espace-temps à venir), la boule de terre est 'tournée' selon une codification calculée, elle est gravée de « moments de connaissances ». Ce qui me fascine chez Christoph Fink, c'est l'économie exceptionnelle de moyen pour traduire l'amplitude d'une recherche et une vision du monde d'une grande complexité. Tout comme moi, il est fasciné par la complexité du réel : c'est là qu'il y trouve et sa beauté et sa révolte.

Renouant avec cette période historique où le peintre et le géographe ne faisait qu'un (le métier de géographe était encore à inventer), on retrouve ses œuvres dans un espace aujourd'hui inclassable, quelque part entre la cartographie, la musique, la sculpture, le dessin. C'est cette économie qui caractérise toute son œuvre qui me semble si admirable, parce que plutôt rare aujourd’hui : tant d'études, d'esquisses, de recherches, de points de notation, engagés secrètement dans l'œuvre, un engagement sans limite, renouvelé au jour le jour hors des systèmes en place : foires, galeries, musée...: Christoph Fink fabrique sa vision du monde, radicalement éthique, politique, poétique. Dirigé sans compromis sur le postulat de toujours plus de liberté. L'éthique qui s'en dégage me fait parmi d'autres choisir cet artiste de toute évidence, et dans l'urgence de sa nécessité. Afin que de nombreux autres inventent, réinventent leur propre manière de 'marcher bien' aujourd'hui.

Christoph Fink
Né en Belgique en 1963
Vit et travaille à Bruxelles et Gand

IMAGE CREDITS

Images 1, 2 and 3: Christoph Fink, The Montreal Walks (12 254,94 km, 195 h 30’51"), space and time disc, 2008. Ceramics, diameter 47cm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, View on a pile of travel notes (movement #79 The Istanbul Walks). Travelogue of chronometered sketches made while moving by foot, train, bicycle, plane, boat , car.... 1 sheet = 296mm x 81mm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Study of the landscape in front and behind the horizon line looking out of the front window of the gallery. A composition precisely calculated out of the center coordinates of the gallery, 2008. Oilpaint drawing on window, 280 x 80cm, fragment. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Several studies of the planet earth including time and space, 2005. Ceramic discs, variable diameters of approx. 20 – 25cm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Study of the planet earth including time and space, 2005. Ceramic disc before baking, diameter approx. 21cm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Preparative sketch for the structure of a time cluster drawing of Movement #59, The Cleveland Walks; a time cluster of 462:46’52” or 1 666 012 sec, 15 504,3137 km, 2003. 210 x 164mm. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

Christoph Fink, Atlas of Movements, Movement #52 (The frankfurt Walks) (detail), 2002. Ink and pencil on paper cut-out and printed text on paper, (5400mm x 1365mm and extension 450mm x 2370mm), fragment. Exhibition view, Manifesta, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany. Courtesy: Christoph Fink.

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