Art, Installation Art

Steve Wolfe

For more than two decades, Steve Wolfe (b. 1955) has created sculptures and drawings of astounding craft and visual presence. Wolfe re-creates worn books and used records, primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, that have influenced his own personal and artistic sensibilities. Working in the tradition of trompe l’oeil, Wolfe creates pieces that quite literally “fool the eye” on first inspection. Using a variety of materials and processes, including oil, acrylic, screen printing, lithography, modeling paste, canvas, wood and aluminum, Wolfe sculpts and paints precise and exacting three-dimensional replicas of books and records that possess a personal significance. Iconic titles include Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Dostoyevsky’s ‘Notes From Underground’, Alfred Barr’s ‘Cubism And Abstract Art’ and The Beatle’s ‘Revolver’. These tattered books and worn LPs are tangible manifestations of a fertile moment in American intellectual history. Wolfe’s faithful reconstructions evoke an unexpected play between humble self-effacement and culture’s powerful capacity to have impact on one’s existence.

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