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2900 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
August 26 - October 21, 2011
Curated by Christian Wulffen of Studio C. Wulffen
Douglas Allsop, Stephen Bambury, Beate Baumgärtner, Jerry Birchfield (Cleveland, OH), Cedric Christie, Luca Degunda, Claudia Djabbari, Hedwig Eberle, Anna Friedel, Daniel Göttin, Reinhardt Grimm, Franka Kaßner, Russell Maltz (New York, NY), Mike Meiré, Paul O'Keeffe (Kent, OH), Astrid Schindler, Steffen Schlichter, Steven Steinman (Los Angles, CA), Wolfram Ullrich, Joan Waltemath (New York, NY), Beat Zoderer
Part of R&D
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.
Stephen Bambury was born in 1951 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He received his BFA from the Elam School of Fine Art at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Bambury has worked and studied throughout New Zealand, Australia, France and the United States of America. He is a two time recipient... go to artist page
Jerry Birchfield, born in 1989, Cleveland, OH, earned a BFA in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2009 and is currently pursuing an MFA from Cornell University. He is the recipient of a 2011 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, The First Agnes Gund Traveling Award, The Maxeen... go to artist page
Cedric Christie was born in 1962 in London, England where he currently lives and works. He has exhibited extensively in the US, England and internationally, with his most recent solo exhibit in 2011, Color Movement, at Flowers, NY. Christie has been a visiting professor at Bath Spa University since 2012.... go to artist page
Luca Degunda was born in 1978 in Zug, Switzerland. He currently lives in Z go to artist page
Claudia Djabbari, born in 1976 in Munich, is a German-Iranian who lives and works in London, England. She received her MFA in 2009 from Goldsmiths, University of London. She also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany as a Master Student under Professor Olaf Metzel, from 2000-2006... go to artist page
Hedwig Eberle was born in 1977 in Munich. She started her studies in 1999 on painting at University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin under professor Dr. Marwan and in 2001, graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received a Fulbright Scholarship. Eberle then continued on to Academy... go to artist page
Reinhardt was born in 1956 in Berlin. He studied painting and taught in the artistic nature study until 2005. go to artist page
Russell Maltz, born in 1952 in Brooklyn, has exhibited work in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Israel, and Mexico. His recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Michael Sturm (Stuttgart Germany), Galleri Weinberger (Copenhagen, Denmark), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, GA), Galerie Schlegl (Zurich,... go to artist page
Paul O'Keeffe was born in Dublin, Ireland. As an undergraduate he attended St. Martin's School of Art, London and the National College of Art and Design Dublin. He received a MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1981. He joined the faculty of Kent State University in... go to artist page
Astrid was born in 1983 in Augsburg, Germany. From 2003 to 2011 she studied at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart. go to artist page
Steffen was born in 1967. He has held group and solo exhibitions since 1990. go to artist page
Born: 1951, Los Angeles, CaliforniaLives and works in Los Angeles, California and Berlin Germany go to artist page
Joan Waltemath grew up on the Great Plains. Her abstract paintings focus on constructing spatial voids using harmonic progressions and non-traditional, reflective pigments in oils as well as drawings in diverse materials. Shown in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Basel, and Cologne, her work is in the collections... go to artist page
Beat was born in 1955 in Zurich, Switzerland. Beat has exhibited at the Muzeum Narodowe, Stettin, Poland; Galerie von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland; and Villa Langmatt, Baden, Switzerland. go to artist page
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