Friday, August 05, 2011

International Artists' Networks Revealed through Portable Art

For Immediate Release

Exhibition: August 26 – October 21, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, August 26, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Cleveland, OH, August 5, 2011-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.

Each artist was asked to submit a highly portable work that will then be accompanied by supplemental material that provides further information to the viewer about the artists and this network to make plain the often-tangled webs that weave together artists and artistic practice outside of the gallery walls.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS (updated 08.25.11)

Douglas Allsop (London, England)
Stephen Bambury (Aukland, New Zealand)
Beate Baumgärtner (Stuttgart, Germany)
Jerry Birchfield (Cleveland, OH)
Cedric Christie (London, England)
Luca Degunda (Zurich, Switzerland)
Claudia Djabbari (London, England)
Hedwig Eberle (Munich, Germany)
Anna Friedel (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Daniel Göttin (Basel, Switzerland)
Reinhardt Grimm (Berlin, Germany)
Franka Kaßner (Munich and Leipzig, Germany)
Russell Maltz (New York, NY)
Mike Meiré (Cologne, Germany)
Paul O'Keeffe (Cleveland Heights, OH)
Astrid Schindler (Stuttgart, Germany)
Steffen Schlichter (Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany)
Steven Steinman (Los Angeles, California)
Wolfram Ullrich (Stuttgart, Germany)
Joan Waltemath (New York, NY)
Beat Zoderer (Zurich, Switzerland)


Born on February 5, 1954
Lives and works in Cleveland Heights

Since 2003, Christian Wulffen has been an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has been exhibited at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; Durhammer Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany; Municiple Art Museum, Singen, Germany; Köstring-Maier Gallery, Munich, Germany; and ACP Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. He is represented by Michel Sturm Gallery in Stuttgart and Bartha Contemporary in London. His archive is housed at the Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst (Foundation of Concrete Art), Reutlingen, Germany.

The project is part of SPACES' R&D program. R&D (Research & Development) invites artists, curators and other cultural producers to articulate their research and development of ideas and objects through a supported exhibition or project. These exhibitions and projects may be group, solo, or collaborative endeavors.

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