Alexander Wolff Born in 1976 in Osterburg, Germany | Lives and works in Berlin


Alexander Wolff

Alexander Wolff
Photo: Luciano Perna

Alexander Wolff examines the manifestations, possibilities, and limits of painting. In doing so, his works range from formats like panel paintings, wall murals, pictures that explore their relationship to the space around them and how they influence it, and pictures that incorporate the surrounding space into one large-scale composition.

Many of his works appear from a distance as geometric structures, assembled from homogenous fields of color that are in part frayed at the edges. Through the use of a variety of materials, techniques, and perspectives, however, he develops exciting spatial relationships within the geometric patterns. He mixes paint with dirt, dust, and fabrics of various colors, as well as light and shadow, into abstract compositions. Parts develop an illusion of depth; other parts appear to project out into the room. The pictures fold themselves into and out of the wall. In such site-specific wall pieces, Wolff analyses the surrounding room in order to take up and recompose elements like surface textures and colors, shadows, structural shapes, and spatial compositions.

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2012 Galerie Mezzanin, Wien
2011 Studio Sandra Recio, Genf
2010 Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zürich
Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art, Mailand
2009 Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin
2008 Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
2006 Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
2004 Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck

Group exhibitions (Auswahl)

2011 Flaca/Tom Humphreys, Portikus, Frankfurt
Mind The Gap, Kai 10, Düsseldorf
2009 Ein Traum ist alles Leben..., Kunsthalle Lingen
2008 Zuordnungsprobleme, Galerie Johann König, Berlin
2007 The Four Colour Contingency, The Approach, London
2006 Société des nations, factice, et scindée en elle-même, circuit, Lausanne
2005 Liquid Crystal, Kunstraum Lothringer Str. 13, München
2004 Universal Outstretch, Flaca, London
2003 Kontext, Form, Troja, Secession, Wien