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Alexander Wolff Presents His Latest Series White Balance in Basel

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February 20, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Known for manipulating the relationship between the fabric of the canvas and the paint applied to it, Alexander Wolff yet again pushes the limits of what we perceive as the picture plane and what as the picture.  Playing with perception, each painting is a result of an elaborate production process which merges the realm of the painting with the physical realm of the materials used to make it, intertwining one with the other; pieces of fabric are dyed, printed, spray-painted or painted and sewn together, only to be once again be dyed, cut and recombined in the following steps into new patterns. In an exhibition titled White Balance starting at the end of February, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie presents the shifting pieces of Alexander Wolff.

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Some of Wolff’s previous work: Left: Alexander Wolff – Untitled, 2012 / Right: Alexander Wolff – Untitled, 2013. Photo via nataliahug.com

New Forms of Painting

Born in 1976 in Osterburg, Germany, Alexander Wolff received his MFA from the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main in 2002. Throughout his rich artistic career, he has constantly worked on changing and reinventing ways to portray his paintings, intertwining them with the materials they consist of. Breaking down the traditional process of painting, Wolff sews together individual pieces which, when intermixed with the process of dyeing, form a unique entity that pokes the imagination and perception of the viewer. During his stay in Los Angeles in 2011 – 2012, he has produced the video Churches on West Adams Boulevard, which presents a study of architecture and interior design. Expressing his artistic spirit as a musician, taking part in various artistic collaborative projects and working as a co-editor of a journal, he none the less has an extensive list of held exhibitions worldwide, and some of the recent solo shows include Exegetically Impossible (2014) at Nathalia Hug in Germany; exhibition at Galerie Mezzanin in Austria (2012); at Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art in Italy (2012); and at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie in Switzerland (2012), among many others.

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Alexander Wolff – Mural Overbeck-Gesellschaft Lubeck, 2012. Installation view at Kunstverein Lübeck. Photo via nataliahug.com

Shifts in the White Balance

In the newest installment of Wolff’s pieces at the Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, their appearance changes to anyone looking through the showroom windows, as the daylight version differs from the night-time portrayal. The square-shaped paintings are composed of four equal quadrants, and with a rotatable structure and no pre-defined orientation, they resist the optical illusion of gravity. The installed LED spotlights transform the exhibition during night-time, as the red, blue and green lights reconstruct the paintings, giving them a whole new dimension. Forming an ever changing structure, the formal autonomous authority is overthrown by the elements of variation and multiplication that generate ever different results, captivating attention repeatedly. More than just the brilliant art piece itself, the continuously altering representation of it hypnotizes and grips, requesting full immersion.

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Some of his recent work: Left: Alexander Wolff – Western (2), 2014 / Right: Alexander Wolff – Western (3), 2014. Photo via nataliahug.com

Alexander Wolff Exhibition at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie in Basel

Always trying to bring novelties to the artistic approach, Alexander Wolff’s latest series is no exception. Merging the physical aspects of each painting with the actual representation stimulates perception, as the artist blurs the line between these two realms. With the added factor of LED lights transmuting the pieces continuously during the night, both individual works and the exhibition as a whole are given a new dimension divergent from the traditional painting style. Presenting latest works of Alexander Wolff, the Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie hosts the exhibition titled White Balance scheduled to open on February 26th, on view until April 1st, 2016.

Featured image: Alexander Wolff – White Balance Exhibition, 2016. Image courtesy of Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie. All images used for illustrative purposes only.