[Jens Wolf 14.20 2014 190 x 140cm Acrylic on plywood. Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery]
Ronchini Gallery is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition of works by Berlin-based artist Jens Wolf. His geometric paintings on plywood panels explore colour, shape and flatness.
The exhibition contains new works including a site-specific wall painting. Wolf is a pioneer of process painting and form the same generation of artists such as Mark Grotjahn.
[Jens Wolf 10.13 2010 188 x 140cm Acrylic on plywood. Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery]
Taking inspiration from abstract movements of the 20th century, Jens Wolf directly references familiar motifs associated with artists such as Josef Albers and Frank Stella. In contrast to the hard-edged abstract works they reference, Wolf’s paintings deliberately contain imperfections.
The natural grain of the plywood Wolf paints on gives his geometric forms a softer appearance; edges on lines are frayed and the sign of the artist’s hand in the making of the work is visible in unpainted areas with pencil lines. Obvious signs of distress occur in areas where the paint has been partially chipped away to reveal the raw surface underneath.
Wolf’s work is in permanent collections including The Zabludowicz Art Trust, London and multiple FRAC Collections in France.
Jens Wolf 13 March – 16th May
Ronchini Gallery (22 Dering Street, London, W1S 1AN)