This April Other Criteria on New Bond Street, the publishing company owned by Damien Hirst, will host a launch of three new projects including new drawings by British artist Wolfe von Lenkiewicz as well as work by Francesca Lowe and Mat Collishaw.
Wolfe von Lenkiewicz exhibits The Sign of Four, the artist’s first ever giclée prints. The word giclée as a fine art term has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant, archival inks. Works like Danse Macabre, She was Dolores on the Dotted Line and The Kingly Couch show reformatted versions of well-known illustrations and characters from a strangely familiar yet distorted Disneyland.
The clearly fiercely intelligent Lenkiewicz’s fascination with the appropriation of language and mythology is demonstrated in his bold experiments with iconography and visual combinations which straddle the margins of contemporary and traditional contexts, playful and occasionally offensive undertones, familiar and unfamiliar characters. These manipulated images reference the artist’s many inspirations and influences taken from art history, world history events, fictional lands and a diverse series of artists such as Balthus, Koons, Schongauer, Picasso and Brueghel. Lenkiewicz creates an ever-expanding cabinet of curiosities where history and popular culture merge into arrangements of uncanny figures in hyper real settings.
On display will be the reworkings of a selection of some of the most famous figures in the world of fairy tales, including Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White. Lenkiewicz is clearly not scared of putting the cat amongst the pigeons by stomping on our collective saccharine-coated Disney-dominated childhood memories. The artist comments on one of his most recognizable characters, ‘Snow White is a symbol of both this all-American purity and this hypocrisy. She’s the image of absolute perfection, although, in fact, her story has been appropriated from the Brothers Grimm – because Disney liked to take things, commercialise them and make them much more popular. I’m interested in taking Snow White into the realm of a different kind of iconic image. So, for example, Snow White might become part-Picasso or part-Balthus. They’re powerful icons that collide.’
Wolfe von Lenkiewicz is British, born 1966. He has been described as an unbound geneticist-turned-artist, a contemporary iconoclast. He studied philosophy at York University and is great grandson of Baron von Schlossberg, court painter to King Ludvig of Bavaria. Lenkiewicz has previously exhibited at amongst others Tate Britain, All Visual Arts, Triump Gallery, Moscow as well as Dublin, Berlin and Venice. The artist lives and works in London.
Other Criteria Launch New Work by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz
36 New Bond Street
London W1S 2RP
Opening hours Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM
6 April – 17 May 2012
Words by Anna Bang
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