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  Clemens Wolf, born 1981, lives and works in Vienna, …

 

Clemens Wolf, born 1981, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Since his graduation at the University of Arts Linz, he is fascinated by dilapidated material like fences in front of dumps, abandoned warehouses and unfinished buildings.

In his latest works, he sets his main focus on the process of transformation haunted by his own history. Old discarded parachutes (he is a passionate parachutist) are transformed into sensual objects. After they are immersed in epoxide resin they are layed out in tondi, hung or stand up as sculpture or stretched on frames as paintings, every crease being arranged meticulously and finally left to dry.

When we examine Clemens Wolf’s obsessive and mysterious work, it’s obvious that the frontier between painting, sculpture and drawing places a great importance. The surface of the pieces with its powerfully vivid palette, reveals a world that is almost organic. While the artist sees the fabric’s contractions as a stylized representation of decomposition and decay, the resin he uses to hold the folds in place gives the works a distinctive glossy aspect and an intensity that is brought out by the delicacy of the coiled up parachute cords. The choice of such a lightweight and an aerial object as the parachute conjures up the fundamental notion of gravity.

1981 * in Vienna, lives and works in Vienna, Austria

2002 University of Art and Design Linz, Fine Arts, AUT

2005 Erasmus scholarship, ABK Maastricht, NL

2006 Artist in residence, Hildesheim, GER

Diesel New Art award 2006

2007 Graduation University of Art and Design Linz, Fine Arts, AUT

2009 Strabag Art Award 

2010 Georg Eisler Preis (nominiert / nomminees)

2011 Anton Faistauerpreis
2013 SommerFrische Kunst, Artist in residence, Bad Gastein, AUT

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Albertina, Vienna
STRABAG Art Collection
Artothek des Bundes (AUSTRIA)
Artothek des Landes (Vienna)
Essl Collection (private Museum)
Ringturm Collection (Wiener Städtische Insurance Group)
National Bank of Austria Collection

UOCOMING

NOV 2019 Sanatorium Gallery Istanbul (Group)
JAN 2020 Backslahgallery Paris (Solo)




SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 OUT OF THE BLUE, McNamara Projects, Hongkong, CHN

2017 SURFACEBLUES, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, AUT
SOMETIMES YOU LIVE TWICE, Backslashgallery, Paris, FR

2016 GROUNDED, Galerie Steinek, Wien, AUT
WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN, Grenzkunsthalle, Jennersdorf, AUT


2015 GREYSCALE, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Zürich, CH

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RAINBOW, Backslashgallery, Paris, FR


2014 HEAVY DUTY, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Zürich, CH

2013 TIME TO BREAK OUT, Galerie Hunchentoot, Berlin, GER

UNTITLED, DIE THEATRALIK DER BEDEUTUNGSLOSIGKEIT, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AUT

INES, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, AUT



2011 HOLES N´GRIDS, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AUT

DEFORESTOFENCES, Pratersauna Artspace, Vienna, AUT




2010 OPENED SPACE, Open Space, Art Cologne, GER

CLEMENS WOLF, Galerie Ruzicska, Salzburg, AUT



2009 CLEMENS WOLF, AKNÖ, Vienna, AUT

THE GREAT MESS, Strabag Artlounge, Vienna, AUT

HINTER DER FREIHEIT / BEHIND FREEDOM, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AUT



2008 A TOUCH OF RED, Phantom Galleries, Pasadena, USA

THE GREAT MESS IN LA, The Continental Gallery, Los Angeles, USA



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 GROUP SHOW, Galerie Gölles, Fürstenfeld, AUT

2018 HERE WE ARE NOW ENTERTAIN US, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbuehel, AUT
FUTURE IS COLLECTIVE, Backslashgallery, Paris, FR
BREAKFASTAT TIFFANYS, Collectors Depot, Pörtschach, AUT
GARTEN DER KÜNSTLER, Minoritenkloster, Tulln, AUT
HOME BY THE SEA, Collectors Depot, Pörtschach, AUT
ACCOURAGE, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbuehel, AUT
LOUNGE ACT, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbuehel, AUT

2017 GALERIE M, Galerie Z, Hard, AUT
WEIHNNACHTEN, Galerie Propaganda, Warsaw, PL
BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK, Collectors Depot, Pörtschach, AUT
OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbuehel, AUT



2016 SESSION 3 PLANÉITÉ, Backslashgallery, Paris, FR
HÖHENRAUSCH, Eigen+Art Lab, Berlin, GER
GASTRÄUME, Manifesta, Zürich
INTERJEKTION, Galerie Clemens Gunzer Zürich, CH

2015 FIGUR I STRUKTUR, Starabag Artcollection, RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck, AUT
3. DANUBE BIENNALE, Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, SK

SKULPTURENPARK, Golfclub Dellach, AUT

SUMMER SHOW, Galerie Clemens Gunzer Kitzbuehel, AUT

LOOK AT ME NOW, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, AUT

VERORTUNG, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AUT


2014 27/1, Backslashgallery, Paris, FR 

WHEN BLACK MEETS WHITE, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, AUT

REDUX, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, AUT

HIC ET NUNC, Stift Klosterneuburg, AUT

COLLECTED #4, Bank Austria Kunstfotum Vienna, AUT


2013 HEAVY METAL, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbuehel, AUT

LIKE IT, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AUT

ELEVEN, Hohe Bleichen, Hamburg, DE

SOMMERFRISCHE KUNST, Bad Gastein, AUT

FIRST, Loft 8, Vienna, AUT


2012 DER GEMALTE RAUM, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AUT

SESSHAFT, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AUT

FAISTAUERPREISTRÄGER 2011, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, AUT

GOLD, Unteres Belvedere, Vienna, AUT

DEMONS AND PEARLS, Dok, St. Poelten, AUT



2011 IN BETWEEN, CAC, Vilnius, LT

IN BETWEEN, Stadtgalerie, St. Poelten, AUT

KUNSTTOUR 2011, Maastricht, NL

FAISTAUERPREIS 2011, Trakelhaus, Salzburg, AUT

NACHBARN, ABGRENZUNG UND GEMEINSAMKEIT, Eisfabrik, Hannover, GER

ART IN THE CITY, Park d`Egmont, BGArt Brussels, Vienna, BG

ES LEBE DIE MALEREI, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AUT

OPERIA SERIA, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzbug, AUT

MÄRCHEN MYTHOS MAROTTE, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AUT

TERMINATOR 2, Projekt_LOVE, Vienna, AUT



2010 GEORG EILSER PREIS, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, AUT

RINGTURM. KUNST, SAMMLUNG VIENNA INSURENCE GROUP, Leopold Museum, Vienna, AUT

4TH BEIJING BIENNALE, Namoc National Art Museum of China, Bejing, CN

URBAN LOOK, Die Ausstellungsstrasse, Vienna Biennale, Vienna, AUT

HAPPY IN VIENNA, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AUT

IN BETWEEN, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TUR

KUNSTTOUR 2010, Galerie Groen Licht,Maastricht, NL

FOCUS DAILY, Continental Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

IN BETWEEN, Old Patriotissa Market Hall, Nikosia, CYP

IN BETWEEN, Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst, Podgarica, MNE



2009 1ST DANUBE BIENNALE, Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, SK

IN BETWEEN, Galerija Umjetnina, Split, CRO

SCHWARZ AUF WEISS, IN SHADES OF GREY, Brick 5, Vienna, AUT

STRABAG INTERNATIONAL ARTAWARD 2009, Strabag Artlounge, Vienna, AUT

KUNSTTOUR 2009, Galerie Groen Licht, Maastricht, NL

KOSCHATZKY AWARD NOMINEES, Mumok Hofstallungen, Vienna, AUT


2008 IN BETWEEN, Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery ,Tel Aviv, ISR

AUSTRIA conTEMPORARY, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AUT

KUNSTTOUR 08 – Galerie Groen Licht, Maastricht, NL

ICH HABE NICHT GENUG IHR MATTEN AUGEN, Universl Cube, Leipzig, GER

FROM THE STREET ON UP!, VillaNuts, The Hague, NL

ZEICHEN UND WUNDER, California Market Center, Los Angeles, USA



2007 LACYSTREET ARTS, Los Angeles, USA

BEST OFF 07, Nordico, Linz, AUT
 KUNSTTOUR 07, Maastricht, NL

ARTMART, Viennart Künstlerhaus, Vienna, AUT


2006 STEELCITYKIDS, Junglerushstudios, Los Angeles, USA

DIESEL NEW ART AWARD, Betonsalon Museumsquartier, Vienna, AUT

ORTSWECHSEL, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Hildesheim, GER

STREETART, DIE LESBARE STADT, Freiraum Museumsquartier, Vienna, AUT (Curator)



REPRESENTATION 

GALERIE CLEMENS GUNZER, Zürich CH

GALERIE STEINEK, Vienna AUT

GALERIE NIKOLAUS RUZICSKA, Salzburg AUT

BACKSLASH GALLERY, Paris FR

PUBLICATIONS

AUTODUCK, Distanz Verlag, 2014
GOLD, Hirmer, 2012
CLEMENS WOLF – A STORY OF HOLES GRIDS AND THE GREAT MESS, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2012