Installation

Clemens Wolf/ Clemens Wolf

Austria 1981

Installation, Sculpture, Painting

www.clemenswolf.com

Clemens Wolf
Clemens Wolf
Male
Austria
1981

Austrian artist Clemens Wolf is known for his fascination for ruins and building sites, in particular for the frontier or fence. Wolf creates an optical distance between the viewer and the subject or the object. His art reveals that the former sites of industrial work and progress have become silent and uncanny symbols of shut-down and closure, destruction and deterioration.

Wolf was born in 1981 in Vienna in Austria. His educational path started in 2002 when he enlisted in the University of Art and Design in Linz where he studied Fine Arts until 2007 when he graduated. In 2006 he was conducting residency in Hildesheim, the same year he received a Diesel New Art award. Three years later he received another formal recognition as he was a winner of the 2009 Strabag Art award.Clemens Wolf’s works gather different contemporary influences, from Frank Stella to Richard Serra for sculpture, but also references from the past for his paintings, including notably Francisco de Goya or Rembrandt and the chiaroscuro of the “Night Watch”.

Despite being contemporary, his work evokes a feeling of depth and old world intensity that is difficult both industrial and modern. His artworks become physical through paintings, installations or sculptures, and always with a strong idea of monumentality doubled by an intense reflection on perspective. Besides his predominant work as a painter, the artist favors the challenging materials of construction, such as concrete or steel, especially for his public space installations.

The rough beauty and pictorial qualities of the irregular, accidental and ambiguous forms of abandoned places, produced by the long temporal processes of sedimentation, erosion and decay, remind of the Romanticist notion of the “Picturesque”, where disorder and contingency are understood as major aesthetic principles. The formal principle of the grid is also related to Wolf’s working technique of using paper stencils and cut-outs, which are applied several times or pasted directly on the canvas surfaces covered with finely graduated shades and consistencies of colour in black, white, grey, dirty brown or dark blue.

Clemens Wolf’s art have been awarded several times in Austria and exhibited widely, including Germany, China, Israel or USA. His artworks part numerous Austrian public collections, such as the prestigious Essl Museum (Vienna).

Clemens currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.


YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
201427.11 Backslash Gallery ParisGroup
2014Heavy Duty Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Zürich, Group
2014Viennafair with Galerie Steinek and Galerie Ruzicska, ViennaGroup
2014Sessel, Stuhl, Hocker in der Kunst, Bank Austria Collection Galerie im Traklhaus, SalzburgGroup
2014Les plaisirs démodés The old-fashioned way Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2014HIC ET NUNC Stift Klosterneuburg, AustriaGroup
2014COLLECTED #4 – Bank Austria Kunstfotum ViennaGroup
2013IME TO BREAK OUT Galerie Hunchentoot, BerlinSolo
2013UNTITLED, DIE THEATRALIK DER BEDEUTUNGSLOSIGKEIT Galerie Steinek, ViennaSolo
2013INES Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, SalzburgSolo
2013HEAVY METAL Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbühl, AustriaGroup
2013LIKE IT Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AustriaGroup
2013ELEVEN Hohe Bleichen, HamburgGroup
2013FIRST Loft 8, ViennaGroup
2012DER GEMALTE RAUM Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AustriaGroup
2012SESSHAFT Galerie Steinek, ViennaGroup
2012FAISTAUERPREISTRÄGER 2011 Galerie im Traklhaus, SalzburgGroup
2012GOLD Unteres Belvedere, ViennaGroup
2012DEMONS AND PEARLS Dok, St. Poelten, AustriaGroup
2011HOLES N´GRIDS Galerie Steinek, ViennaSolo
2011DEFORESTOFENCES Pratersauna Artspace, ViennaSolo
2011VIENNAFAIR Galerie Steinek, ViennaSolo
2011IN BETWEEN CAC, Vilnius, LituaniaGroup
2011IN BETWEEN Stadtgalerie, St. Poelten, AustriaGroup
2011KUNSTTOUR 2011 Maastricht,Group
2011FAISTAUERPREIS 2011 Trakelhaus, SalzburgGroup
2011NACHBARN, ABGRENZUNG UND GEMEINSAMKEIT Eisfabrik, HannoverGroup
2011ART IN THE CITY Park d`Egmont, BGArt Brussels, ViennaGroup
2011ES LEBE DIE MALEREI Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AustriaGroup
2011OPERIA SERIA Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, SalzbugGroup
2011MÄRCHEN MYTHOS MAROTTE Galerie Steinek, ViennaGroup
2010OPENED SPACE Open Space, Art CologneSolo
2010CLEMENS WOLF Galerie Ruzicska, SalzburgSolo
2010GEOR EILSER PREIS Bank Austria Kunstforum, ViennaGroup
2010RINGTURM. KUNST, SAMMLUNG VIENNA INSURENCE GROUP Leopold Museum, ViennaGroup
20104TH BEIJING BIENNALE Namoc National Art Museum of China, Bejing, ChinaGroup
2010URBAN LOOK Die Ausstellungsstrasse, Vienna Biennale, ViennaGroup
2010HAPPY IN VIENNA Galerie Steinek, ViennaGroup
2010IN BETWEEN Kadir Has University, IstanbulGroup
2010KUNSTTOUR 2010 Galerie Groen Licht, MaastrichtGroup
2010IN BETWEEN Kohan Galerie, Gyula, HungaryGroup
2010FOCUS DAILY Continental Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010IN BETWEEN Old Patriotissa Market Hall, Nikosia, CyprusGroup
2010IN BETWEEN Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst, Podgarica, MontenegroGroup
2009CLEMENS WOLF AKNÖ, ViennaSolo
2009THE GREAT MESS Strabag Artlounge, ViennaSolo
2009HINTER DER FREIHEIT - BEHIND FREEDOM Galerie Steinek, ViennaSolo
20091ST DANUBE BIENNALE Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2009IN BETWEEN Galerija Umjetnina, Split, CroatiaGroup
2009SCHWARZ AUF WEISS, IN SHADES OF GREY Brick 5, ViennaGroup
2009STRABAG INTERNATIONAL ARTAWARD 2009 Strabag Artlounge, ViennaGroup
2009KUNSTTOUR 2009 Galerie Groen Licht, MaastrichtGroup
2009KOSCHATZKY AWARD NOMINEES Mumok Hofstallungen, ViennaGroup
2008A TOUCH OF RED Phantom Galleries, Pasadena, USASolo
2008THE GREAT MESS IN LA The Continental Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2008IN BETWEEN Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2008AUSTRIA conTEMPORARY Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg AustriaGroup
2008FRACTURA Ragnarhof, ViennaGroup
2008KUNSTTOUR 08 Galerie Groen Licht, MaastrichtGroup
2008ICH HABE NICHT GENUG IHR MATTEN AUGEN Universl Cube, LeipzigGroup
2008FROM THE STREET ON UP! VillaNuts, The HagueGroup
2008ZEICHEN UND WUNDER California Market Center, Los AngelesGroup
2007LACYSTREET ARTS Los AngelesGroup
2007BEST OFF 07 Nordico, LinzGroup
2007KUNSTTOUR 07 MaastrichtGroup
2007ARTMART Viennart Künstlerhaus, ViennaGroup
2007KALTE PLATTE Galerie Cabaret Renz, ViennaGroup
2006STEELCITYKIDS Junglerushstudios, Los AngelesGroup
2006DIESEL NEW ART AWARD Betonsalon Museumsquartier, ViennaGroup
2006BEST OFF 06 University of Art and Design, LinzGroup
2006KUNST KULTUR KONGRESS Färberei, MunichGroup
2006ORTSWECHSEL Kunstverein Hildesheim, HildesheimGroup
2006STREETART, DIE LESBARE STADT Freiraum Museumsquartier, ViennaGroup
2005ALLE REDEN VOM WETTER Kunsthof, ViennaGroup
2005HIGHER THAN THE SKY University of Art and Design, LinzGroup
2005WAS WENN, WENN DANN Neue Galerie Lentia 2000, LinzGroup
2005JIZNI VITR III Budweis, Czech RepublicGroup
2005TERMINATOR 2 Projekt_LOVE, ViennaGroup