Toronto exhibitions. Photographer Michael Wolf at Bau-Xi. November 2-23, 2013. Opening reception: Saturday, November 2,2-4 pm.
Bau-Xi Photo is thrilled to be welcoming renowned photographer, Michael Wolf, to their stable of artists. Wolf documents the transformation of urban cities whilst exploring the complex reality of contemporary city life. His first exhibition at Bau-Xi Photo will be held November 2 – 23rd, with a preview beginning October 26th.
Michael Wolf has produced a body of work which deals with the complex reality of contemporary city life in a way that defies categorization. His first exhibition at Bau-Xi Photo will feature work from two of Wolf’s well-known series, ‘Transparent City’ and ‘Architecture of Density.’
Wolf found his inspiration as an artist living in Hong Kong and China, where the ever-shifting cityscapes provided him with constant stimulation. Rather than creating images that describe the immensity of China’s urban transformation, Wolf’s work in this region is based on the power of the vernacular. By ‘collecting’ a series of these urban minutiae he has been able to paint a much larger picture, not only of the contemporary Chinese city, but rather of the more universal realities of urban life. The stunning ‘blown-up’ images of Chicago’s modernist architecture in ‘Transparent City’ offer a point of contrast against the closed-up concrete towers from Hong Kong and China. These images oscillate between a microscopic and macroscopic view of the city, and seek to reveal what goes on inside the windows within each cityscape.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Born in Germany, then raised in Europe, Canada, and the United States, Wolf began his interest in photography when studying at UC Berkeley and the Folkwang School with Otto Steinert in Essen, Germany. Wolf later moved to Hong Kong in 1994 to begin his artistic career as a contract photographer for Stern Magazine. Since 2001, Wolf has been focusing on his own projects, drawing his focus to the tradition of socially concerned photography, while also engaging with the radical transformation of photography of recent years.
Michael Wolf’s work can be found in numerous museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The San Jose Museum of Art, California; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and The Brooklyn Museum, New York.
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