Jean Wolff, Progressions. Paintings 1999-2007
Jean Wolff, Progressions. Paintings 1999-2007 [Full Cover]
In the paintings of Jean Wolff, the artist forges a system over structure, not simply by deploying shifts in pattern, color and materials or by working differently with the physicality of density, layers and collision. Meaning is derived from reference and form as we consider the micro/macro parallel relationships, in these paintings. Are we examining under a microscope or gazing at something barely decipherable, from a distance. Is what we are observing, derived from reference and form, from seeing the meniscus of the cell or the decision to remove color from the ground? Living within our information driven society, Wolff takes time to gesture towards the bombardment of information, as well as our attempts to carve out personal space, within the pressure driven urban setting. In addition, these works taken as a whole follow a thread ? i.e. the development of a personal system utilizing the circle and the formal grid structure. In the process, the thread that ties these works together is the insistence of the circle within the grid framework and the evolution that follows in deconstruction of that same format. The forms in the paintings take note of all this, authorizing a space, so that space and paint, are one.
Biography: Jean Wolff was born in Detroit, Michigan. She began her artistic studies early, attending Saturday classes as a child at the Society of Arts in Crafts (currently the Center of Creative Studies) in downtown Detroit. Jean received her BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She moved to New York to continue her artistic pursuits and received an MFA from Hunter College (part of the City College of New York). Jean began to show while she was still an undergraduate student and has exhibited widely, including one person exhibitions in New York and Mexico City. She is currently represented by galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City. She resides in New York City and maintains her painting studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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