Carl Emanuel Wolff

Tom Backhauss

The idea of the object derives from both the symbolic and the individual realms. The symbolic elements uncover a collective knowledge and understanding of reality, which can lead to the misinterpretation of individual elements, for example, the differentiation between fact and fiction, original and fake. Carl Emanuel Wolff employs animal models and furniture in his works in order to play upon these two realms. The forms of the objects are well-known and can be easily subordinated to the specific sculpture, but the levels of differentiation, for example, between fake and original are not upheld because of their existence in reality.

The prototype of a table possesses a flat surface and legs; Wolffs tables are not far from this platonic idea. Changing the design of the legs, one can formulate a new idea of a table. The hierarchy that one usually associates with the various components of the

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