“On: Fire” new work by Joan Wulf
Jun 1 — Jul 27, 2019
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On: Fire new work by Joan Wulf
On view June 1 to July 27, 2019
Artist reception: Saturday, June 1, from 5-8pm
For our summer 2019 exhibition, Themes+Projects gallery presents On: Fire, new work by Joan Wulf. In this series, Wulf examines fire’s catalyzing properties and acknowledges its relationship to the extreme conditions of our time — social, political and environmental. She investigates the contradictory aspects of fire, its destructive quality, as well as its integral role as a life source. In embracing this juxtaposition, Wulf works away from rigid binaries and toward a greater harmony that acknowledges contradiction but extends beyond.
The process consists of licking a surface of paper with a flame to harness the unpredictable patterns of smoke. The residue left behind is carbon soot and the results can be mesmerizing, destructive and seductive – all inherent qualities of nature itself.
While fire may be the focus, the work reaches further, utilizing nearly all the elements: smoke as air, carbon as earth, paper as wood. In doing so, Wulf charts the cycle that is the basis for existence, what she calls “that quiet energy that moves through and interconnects all”.
Wulf is a painter and installation artist who reductively explores the nexus of nature and science. She holds a BS from UC Davis and a BFA and MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles and is a selected member of the Los Angeles Art Association.
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Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday