Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz | Age Of The Marvellous

This month, All Visual Arts present Age Of The Marvellous, an exhibition inspired by the 'collections of curiosities' ubiquitous in the era of The Renaissance. Featuring 60 works by an exciting cabal of contemporary artists it promises to provide some fascinatingly skewed investigations into the zeitgeist. In the third of our previews we talk to participating artist Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, a devotee of Wittgenstein and master craftsman whose interest lies in creating a new visual language. In his Descent Of Man works he 're-sequenced' iconography from the legendary and the real, creating a hybrid mythology where the sermon from the mount is delivered from atop a battle tank, Christ is bound to a V2 rocket and unicorns emerge from the burning Twin Towers. In his new works, the artist has invoked the spectre of Picasso and created a series of breathtaking large-scale drawings that meld everything from Goya to Warhol via Hirst, Marukami and Durer, to name but a few. In the abandoned building in which his haunting universe is currently taking shape, we talked to him about the nature of language, the reality of myth and the arbitrary nature of identity...

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