Thomas Rentmeister (born1964 in Reken, North Rhine-Westphalia ) is a German artist. He currently lives in Berlin and teaches at the Braunschweig University of Art.
Rentmeister has become known to a larger audience with his high-gloss polyester sculptures which look like oversized blobs or comic figures.
Beginning in 1999, he has worked repeatedly with Nutella Spread and Penaten Baby Cream. He adopts “a set of industrially mass-produced domestic materials as units or building blocks, from sugar cubes and cotton tips to Tempo tissues, electrical sockets and whole refrigerators.” He then makes sculptures using these materials.
“His art is never a hermetic, self-contained work, an aesthetic monad; the identity of the non-artistic materials always remains recognizable.”
The irreverence with which Rentmeister combines art and life is the most extraordinary aspect of his work.
posted by Margaret