Riet Wijnen (1988, Venray, the Netherlands) is an artist based in Amsterdam who works mostly in the media of photography, sculptures, video, and text writing. In her work, she explores links between abstraction, perception, language, and structures through the historiography of abstraction in different fields: starting with early modernism in art and slowly moving towards science, philosophy and activism. This research comes together in the the cycle Sixteen Conversations on Abstraction which Wijnen started in 2015.
She also publishes books and cahiers, such as Marlow Moss (2013) and Abstraction Création: Art non-figuratif (reprint and translation) (2014), Conversation One: A Preface (2015), Conversation Four: First Person Moving (2016), “Inverted Commas”, the 13th issue of the journal F.R.DAVID i.c.w. Will Holder (2017) and is working on The Registry of Pseudonyms, an on-going accumulation of pseudonyms on the website registryofpseudonyms.com. These books and the website function independently, but are at the same time an important source and framework for Wijnen's practice.
Wijnen’s solo exhibitions include P/////AKT, Amsterdam (2016), Dolores, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2015), and archipelago, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (2015). She participated in several groups shows among others at The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA, Portland, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, and Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm. Wijnen is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, teaches at the Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and is a boardmember of Kunstverein Amsterdam.