Project Description

Portability and Network
SPACES GALLERY Cleveland, USA
Curated by Christian Wulffen
Cleveland Institute of Art, 2011

The basic modules in Beate Baumgärtner’s work exploit everyday materials such as sponges and chipboard from a DIY store. These multiply during their virtual existence in the CAD program, becoming tightly stacked like in a warehouse.This sort of neverending construction creates graphic adventures when parts of it are enlarged.

C. Wulffen:

Taking internet networking as its springboard, the exhibition approaches the curatorial process as a means to provide varying viewpoints to a single topic. Due to the artists‘ shared concept, they often belong to similar social and professional circles, forming a network. This network is played out in the „chat room“ of the gallery where the variety of approaches lend voice and perspective…

German-born Cleveland artist Christian Wulffen of Studio C. Wulffen with assistant Heather Quesada curates Portability & Network, an exhibition featuring an international array of artists who work with the concept of formal reduction. This economy of form also contributes to a unique portability that these artworks share. This exhibition provides a panel of new links and levels of understanding about a very specific model of work and meaning of art.

Taking internet networking as its springboard, the exhibition approaches the curatorial process as a means to provide varying viewpoints to a single topic. Due to the artists‘ shared concept, they often belong to similar social and professional circles, forming a network. This network is played out in the „chat room“ of the gallery where the variety of approaches lend voice and perspective.

The participating artists are connected through shared circles-galleries, projects, critical writings, museums, shows, academies, styles and executions. There is a broad range of artists, from those working with strong Russian constructivist references to those invoking Max Bill’s Concrete Art, but all the artists are working towards a self-critically questioning means of purity and strict formal visual vocabulary, as well as through references to architectural design and interiors, and a mixed-media working approach.