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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

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
CANT TOUCH THIS, Backslashgallery, Paris, FR
CAN TOUCH THIS, Galerie Silvia Steinek, Vienna, AUT

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

2020
I HOLD THE WHEEL TO LET IT GO,
Collectors Depot, Pörtschach, AUT

2019
CORRESPONDENCE, Sanatorium Gallery, Istanbul, TR
I WISH I WERE LIKE YOPU; EASILY AMUSED, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbuehel, AUT
TBD WWS, Collectors Depot, Pörtschach, AUT
SOMMERFRISCHE KUNST, Bad Gastein, AUT
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

CLEMENS WOLF #2, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2019
AUTODUCK, Distanz Verlag, 2014
GOLD, Hirmer, 2012
CLEMENS WOLF #1 – A STORY OF HOLES GRIDS AND THE GREAT MESS, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2012