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Silvio Wolf

Italian, b. 1952

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Silvio Wolf

Italian, b. 1952

Biography

For Silvio Wolf, photography is a way to explore abstraction and the physical limits of image-making. His conceptually driven photographic work is centered on ideas of visual perception and metaphor, as in the “Horizons” series, where he used the unexposed ends of film rolls as negatives, creating vivid bands of color with a stark division between dark and light, or in other pieces utilizing mirrored surfaces to recast light. Only recently, he has begun exploring the human figure, in a series of black-and-white images that highlight negative spaces as bodies pass through curtains. In addition to photography, Wolf works in installation, creating abstract patterns in black-and-white marble dust, printed canvases, and projections on urban environments. His work has been shown widely, including at Aktuell (1983), Documenta VIII (1987), and the 2009 Venice Biennale.

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Biography

For Silvio Wolf, photography is a way to explore abstraction and the physical limits of image-making. His conceptually driven photographic work is centered on ideas of visual perception and metaphor, as in the “Horizons” series, where he used the unexposed ends of film rolls as negatives, creating vivid bands of color with a stark division between dark and light, or in other pieces utilizing mirrored surfaces to recast light. Only recently, he has begun exploring the human figure, in a series of black-and-white images that highlight negative spaces as bodies pass through curtains. In addition to photography, Wolf works in installation, creating abstract patterns in black-and-white marble dust, printed canvases, and projections on urban environments. His work has been shown widely, including at Aktuell (1983), Documenta VIII (1987), and the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more