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Clemens Wolf

Galerie Steinek

For more than ten years, Clemens Wolf’s studio was the street. He eventually switched from street art to painting of an almost classical kind. His technique and subjects are still reminiscent of graffiti, but his conceptual ambition has deepened: “I wanted to engage with ideas, and for that graffiti/street art didn’t seem quite the right medium.” In the works in his recent exhibition, “Hinter der Freiheit” (Behind Freedom), he applied oil paint to canvas via spray gun and stencil; he took his motifs from photographs of derelict buildings and industrial ruins—the very places where the artist, who was born in Vienna in 1981, sprayed graffiti. Keine Bühne mehr (No More Stage), 2007, is one of the paintings Wolf presented last winter in the group show “Austria Contemporary” at the Essl Museum–Contemporary Art in Vienna. In it, the ruins, the “stage” of his past activities, appear like fading

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