For the 2017 Miart Generations Section ChertLüdde is pleased to present a selection of drawings and an unrealised commission by Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt.
Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt developed her typewriter drawings between 1972 and 1989, while living in East Germany. During these years she was also an active participant of the international Mail Art Movement.
Wolf-Rehfeldt created hundreds of distinctive typewriter works in different formats up to A4 paper size which she sent out to her numerous contacts around the globe. Her main artistic focus was the production of her original Typewritings and small editions of zincographic prints that could be mailed out. Wolf-Rehfeldt practice – in particular her Mail Art activity – was directed to sustain an otherwise impossible contact with the world outside East Germany. A er the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the radical geopolitical changes due to the reunification – most importantly the freedom of movement of the former citizens of the GDR – Wolf-Rehfeldt felt that her involvement was no longer necessary and she consequently stopped her artistic practice completely.
The works presented in this year’s Miart are 14 small framed original Typewritings from her series "Strukturblätter", which were all produced in mid 80s. These works depict in particular the artists’ obsessive-like attention to details and repetitive patterns, resulting in the creation of beautiful and delicate anthropomorphic shapes. is central body of work originally comprised approximately 100 works. e artist mostly used a specific typewriter – for accounting and mathematics –, which featured special symbols and Greek letters.
The "Strukturblätter" series is accompanied by the presentation of an unrealized project from 1989. Originally commissioned as a large scale wall installation the work remained unrealized due to the fall of the Berlin Wall. At Miart ChertLüdde presents three collages which are one part of the planning steps in the realization of this commission which was thought as a y square meters tile installation. e motifs stem from Wolf-Rehfeldt’s series "Cagy Being / Käfigwesen" (being in a cage).