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Leah Wolff
updated: 01/08/2011
website: www.LeahWolff.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Specimen #3
Specimen
Tesseract #4
Tesseract #5
Studio Installation
Shape Map #3
Shape Map #1
Shape Map #4
Magnetic Field
Shape Map #5
Studio installation of Cross Section Set
Cross Section #2
Cross Section #1
Cross Section #3
DETAIL of Cross Section #3
 
Portfolio Keywords:  organic, craft, geometric, biomorphic, spiritual, conceptual, diagrammatic, mapping, nature, science
 
 
Specimen #3 by Leah Wolff
Specimen #3
Porcelain and ink
2010
3.25 " x  3.5 "  x 3.5 " 
Specimen by Leah Wolff
Specimen
Graphite on paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Tesseract #4 by Leah Wolff
Tesseract #4
Acrylic and graphite on paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Tesseract #5 by Leah Wolff
Tesseract #5
Acrylic on paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Studio Installation by Leah Wolff
Studio Installation
Clay, acrylic and wood
2010
Dimensions variable
Shape Map #3 by Leah Wolff
Shape Map #3
Porcelain and acrylic
2010
5.5 " x  4 "  x 3.5 " 
Shape Map #1 by Leah Wolff
Shape Map #1
Porcelain and acrylic
2010
3 " x  2 "  x 2.5 " 
Shape Map #4 by Leah Wolff
Shape Map #4
Porcelain with glaze
2010
4 " x  4.25 "  x 4 " 
Magnetic Field by Leah Wolff
Magnetic Field
Porcelain and acrylic
2010
3 " x  4 "  x 3 " 
Shape Map #5 by Leah Wolff
Shape Map #5
Porcelain with glaze
2010
2 " x  4 "  x 3.5 " 
Studio installation of Cross Section Set by Leah Wolff
Studio installation of Cross Section Set
Clay
2010
Dimensions variable
Cross Section #2 by Leah Wolff
Cross Section #2
Clay and glaze
2010
12 " x  11 "  x 14 " 
Cross Section #1 by Leah Wolff
Cross Section #1
Clay and glaze
2008
12 " x  11 "  x 14 " 
Cross Section #3 by Leah Wolff
Cross Section #3
Clay and glaze
2010
12 " x  12 "  x 14 " 
DETAIL of Cross Section #3 by Leah Wolff
DETAIL of Cross Section #3
Clay and graphite
2010
012" x  12"  x 14" 

Artist Statement
When I was young, I went camping in the desert.  Looking up at the night sky, I was terrified by the number of stars. I knew that I was staring into infinity, but I couldn’t comprehend it.  It was a moment of cognitive vertigo. In my work as an artist, I try to teach myself about systems that describe the workings of our physical environment—for example, Astrophysics and String Theory—and to isolate and reenact that vertiginous experience of encountering enormity in the everyday.

My process mirrors the scientific method of inquiry. After some preliminary research, I develop hypotheses and establish rules and parameters for the work. Then I diagram networks of personal and learned systems, often overlaying these drawings onto three-dimensional structures: freestanding or wall-embedded geometric shapes and spheres that I build from plaster, ceramics or wood. Material defects (cracked plaster, clay that has slumped in the kiln) reference my own intellectual thresholds. The emerging patterns play with the viewer’s depth perception or evoke maps or diagrams, yet are ambiguous in source and meaning. The viewer is invited to project an information structure onto it, but the work really documents a cognitive gesture in the space between knowing and understanding. Each piece becomes a relic of investigation and a pseudo-scientific model.

Staring into the night sky, it is possible to recognize what we are seeing but not understand it. When interacting with art, we often place meaning onto the work without fully comprehending it. There's a symmetry to this. My creative practice, housed within notions of a scientific practice, focuses on our collective inability to meaningfully connect our individual experience to the reality of space and time. In this way, my art becomes a tool to explore my own cognitive boundaries and pull myself closer to that which I can't fathom.

Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION
2011  MFA: Visual Arts, Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY
2006  BFA: Printmaking (with Honors), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2004  Studio Art Centers International, Florence, ITALY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 Table of Elements, The Dirt Palace, Providence, RI
2005 The Universe is Bigger than You, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence, RI

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 
Sleep Paralysis, KG45 Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Dürer's Rhinoceros, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY
Ember Keepers, The Arch Collective Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
B-Sides, 6-8 Months Project Space, New York, NY
Through the Looking Glass: An Exploration of Science and Art, Wien Hall, New York, NY
Sensing Space: Contemporary Interpretations of the Landscape, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
Analytic Spree, 11 Stagg, Brooklyn, NY
First Year MFA Exhibition, Miriam & Ira D. Walach Art Gallery, New York, NY
2009  
Global Warning, Linda Ross Contemporary, Birmingham, MI
Price Check: Traveling Exhibition, Delavan Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Room Tones, The Cecilia Convent, Brooklyn, NY
ART at the COVE, The Gallery at Diamond Cove, The Great Diamond Island, ME
ExpandTheRoom, SPIN Magazine, New York, NY
Beyondo, Sub Octo Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Print Lottery, AS220 Gallery, Providence, RI
2008
Summer Salon, Artes Gallery, New York, NY
LoCurativo presents Un Vagon Hermoso, The Canal Chapter, New York, NY
2006
Senior Invitational, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
Winter Session Show, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
Printmaking Biennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
2005 
Scary/Funny, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
2004
The Boy’s Club, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence, RI

RESIDENCIES
2008  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2008  School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

AWARDS AND HONORS
2006  Rhode Island School of Design Printmaking Edition Award
2006  Ripley F. W. Albright Award, Rhode Island School of Design