Gwenael Rattke, ‘Synthesize Me’, 2014, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

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French-born artist and Berlin resident Gwenaël Rattke (Artist in Residence ’16) works in collage, silkscreen, photography, and Xerox graphics. Rattke worked with collage for most of his teenage years, producing DIY fanzines, flyers, and graphics in the Berlin punk community. Rattke began his queer punk zine, Easily Grossed Out, in the early 1990s. Issues were initially published from Rennes, France, and then later from the United States. The zine featured interviews with bands such as Christ on a Crutch and Capitalist Casualties. Rattke's collage works borrow from the visual codes of the 1960s and 1970s; the works are intricate, ornamental, and excessive, and present "an imagined past rife with beauty and sexual freedom." Rattke's work has been exhibited at Galerie Knoth & Krueger, Exile Projects, and Arratia Beer, Berlin, Skol, Montreal; YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto; and Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco. He is a graduate of Concordia University, Montreal, in Communication Studies (Film). He is represented by Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts