About

Nathanael Flink in his studio
Flink in his St Paul Studio, 2022  

 

Nathanael Flink is an artist based in Minnesota. He earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1994. Flink has been the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions in South Korea and Minnesota and group exhibitions in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Vermont. His work is held in private collections in North America and Asia.

 

In 2016 Flink was awarded a fellowship to facilitate the exhibition of more than 50 nationally recognized artists at the venue Space 369 in St Paul. Flink has continued to bring about exhibitions as a guest curator. In Minneapolis in 2020 and 2021 he curated two well received group exhibitions at the Casket Arts gallery operated by NE Sculpture with artists from Minnesota and New York.

 

Flink's aesthetic vocabulary involves a searching for emotive and pure gestures that suggest a relationship with other compositional elements. Utilizing unlikely combinations of mark, color and pattern he creates open ended narratives that react to gross consumerism. Through the lens of a domestic experience his pieces imply an urbanized world evocative of movement and spatial, temporal and material tension. Often the evidence of the mark making becomes its own compositional subject. Flink creates his work and lives with his family in Saint Paul.

 

Thematically, Flink's work is a reaction to commercialism and throw away culture. As a foil to cheapness, he often utilizes recycled textiles, sewing them together to reformulate compositions into new amalgamations. The work is both an exorcism and study of the superficiality of society and people's relationships, behaviors, and styles. He approaches his work through the activity of unearthing narrative through intuition. Both innocent and vulnerable, the strategy of the work is an exercise and critique of American cultural manifestations.

 

 

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CV

Solo Exhibitions
2020 Uff Da Gestalt, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis MN
2019 The Distance Between, Gallery B, St. Paul MN
2019 Nathanael Flink, Central Air/Nomadic Art Space, Minneapolis MN
2018 Nathanael Flink, Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids MN
2017 Teeth, Minnesota’s Smallest Museum, St. Paul MN
2001 Nathanael Flink 2001, curated by Park In Kwan, Gallery Picasso, Pusan, South Korea

 

Group Exhibitions

2022 Video Night #1, curated by Joshua Mcgarvey
  The Auction at MCAD, Minneapolis College of Art and Design 
  Pr0file, Foley Gallery, New York City, curated by Le Vey and Klay-James Enos
  Geometric Gestures, Dodomu Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC (online)
  Athens Open Art, Art Number 23, Athens, Greece
  FRC12, Flat Rate Contempory (online), Richmond, Virginia
  NOIR, The Royal Society of American Art (online), curated by Jason Clay Lewis and Amelia Biewald, Brooklyn, NY
2021 Put it in the Chat, Soo Visual Arts, curated by Carolyn Payne & Alison Hiltner
  Recycle, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, curated by Renee Radenberg, NY
  FAME, Ivy League Gallery (online), curated by Nicole Hoekstra, Mpls, MN
  Get Lucky, Soo Visual Arts
2020 Open Door 15, Rosalux, curated by Todd Bockley, Minneapolis, MN
  Holiday Art Sale, Soo Visual Arts
2019 The Dreamer Remembers, curated by Betsy Alwin, Here Project Space, St. Paul MN
2018 Minneapolis Art Lending Library Artists, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul
  Art4Good Benefit Exhibition, Q.arma Building, Minneapolis
2017 TriTechA, Minneapolis Center for Digital Art, Minneapolis
2016 Tiny Art, Kolman Pryor, Minneapolis
  Art Up Cycle, Kolman Pryor, Minneapolis
2015 Ripple Effect, Prøve Gallery, Duluth, MN
  “REFINEDr” Benefit, Flow Art Space, St. Paul MN
  Shoestring Theory, Space 369, St. Paul
2001 Art Shanty Projects Exhibition, Soap Factory, Minneapolis
  Five Fundamentals, Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN
  White Oak Gallery, Edina, MN
2000 Annual Juried Exhibition, State of the Arts Gallery, Ithaca, New York
  Juried Exhibition, PARTS Gallery, Minneapolis, MN – Juror:  Martin Weinstein, "2nd place prize"
  Corners Gallery, Ithaca, New York

 

Grants and Residencies

2016 Knight Foundation, Arts Challenge Grant, St. Paul MN
2000 Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Fellowship MN
1999 Vermont Studio Center Residency & Fellowship

 

Other Artistic Activities

2022 Corporate Art Force Artist, Minneapolis Convention Center
  Minneapolis College of Art and Design Auction Committee
2021 Curator, "Contempo Tempo", NE Sculpture Gallery Factory, Casket Arts
2020 Curator, "Material Dichotomy", NE Sculpture Gallery Factory, Casket Arts
2017 Minneapolis Convention Center, Lending Artist, Corporate Art Force
2016 Organizer, Minneapolis Art Talk group
  Elf Burger Zine, Co-creator
  “Space 369” Project Space, Curator
  “REFINEDr” Benefit, Flow Art Space, St. Paul MN
  Minneapolis Art Lending Library, Lending Artist
2015 Phipps Center for the Arts, Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital, Wisconsin
  The Auction at MCAD, Christie’s Auction House, Minneapolis, MN
2002 5 Minutes of Fame, "Antler", video stream, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
 
Works held in private collections in North America and Asia.

 

Education

Nathanael Flink was raised in St. Paul MN and received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1994) with an emphasis on painting and printmaking.