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Michael Wolf

The themes I am investigating in my current work are the dichotomies of permanence and transience and sheltered vs. exposed. In these sculptures I have been exploring archetypal forms of architectural structures and the sculptural possibilities of these forms. I have examined how openings can pierce and divide the structure. Piercing these solid forms allows shadows to be created that move with the changing light of the day. A quote from Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space conveys the essence of this series of sculptures "...the imagination functions in this direction whenever the human being has found the slightest shelter: We see the imagination build "walls" of impalpable shadows, comfort itself with the illusion of protection-or, just the contrary, tremble behind thick walls, mistrust the staunchest ramparts”.

Ancient monuments inspire some of these sculptures, while others are inspired by local vernacular architecture, either urban-industrial or rural. Some of the structures that inspire this series are in current use and some are in various stages of neglect as their function has become obsolete with the changing technologies of our era. Material integrity is an important aspect of my sculptures. I choose the medium of each sculpture carefully so that the material speaks to the spirit of the piece. Currently I am involved in direct carving of wood and stone.

Awards

NJ State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant 1990

Robert Rauschenberg: The Power of Art Award 1997
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship Grant 1998

Monmouth Museum, Honorable Mention 34th Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2012
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Mini-Grants 1999-2008
Robert Rauschenberg: The Power of Art Award 1997

 

Education 
MFA, William Paterson University
MA, Kean College, Union, NJ 
BFA, Philadelphia College of Art

 

Select Exhibitions

The Painting Center, Chelsea, NYC 2013

Working it Out
Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ 2012
34th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Honorable Mention
Annunciation Center, College of St. Elizabeth, Madison, NJ 2008
Installation of Sanctuary an architectural sculpture for Holocaust Remembrance Week
The Banque Loft Building, Albuquerque, NM 2008
The Cradle Project
College of St. Elizabeth, Maloney Gallery, Madison, NJ 2008

Inside and Out: Selections from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Visual Artist/Educator Fellows
The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ 2002-2003
The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ 1997
The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ 1991
N.J.S.C.A Fellowship Exhibition
The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ 1991
New Jersey Arts Annual Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ 1991
A Show of Hands Gallery, NY, NY 1990
Winston & Co. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 1989
The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ 1988

New Jersey Arts Annual
The Workbench Gallery, NY, NY 1983
Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA 1983