Alexander Wolff: Open Seminar
Alexander Wolff, Kunsthalle Lingen, Installation view, 2014
Alexander Wolff, Untitled, 2012,145 x 97cm. Thread and sewn dyed canvas.
Alexander Wolff is interested in the materiality of works of art and their relationship to the space of exhibition. Primarily working in painting, he draws on the appearance of historical abstraction as a point of reference to interrupt—or disturb—its connection to the contemporary moment, emphasizing instead rough materiality, imprecision, and the handmade. For example, his compositions made of cotton, linen, and other manufactured home-decorating materials are sometimes pre-painted and stitched together. These individual elements are identifiable as both sculpture and painting (or neither) and often installed in visually cohesive environments where design of the overall atmosphere is integral to an experience of Wolff’s work.
Alexander Wolff (b.1976 Osterburg) completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Wolff exhibited in institutions including the Kunsthalle Nuremberg, the Künstlerhaus Graz, the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, Kai 10 in Dusseldorf and the Portikus in Frankfurt am Main. He had solo exhibitions in the Kunsthalle Lingen, the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, the Overbeck-Gesellschaft in Lübeck, as well as the Galerie Mezzanin in Vienna, the Federico Bianchi Gallery in Milan, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Project, The Approach in London, Eleven Rivington in New York among other venues.
Agency for Critical Inquiry
Alexander Wolff : Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.