9 Grosvenor Place, London
WOLFE VON LENKIEWICZ
15TH – 25TH OCTOBER 2014
PLEASE BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
Algebra: The Reunion of Broken Parts is a solo exhibition of the work of contemporary British artist Wolfe von Lenkiewicz. The art of Wolfe von Lenkiewicz may be understood as a solemn exercise in algebra. Writing in the 11th century, the Islamic polymath Omar Khayyam described the process of algebra as ‘the reunion of broken parts’, and it is this conception of mathematics that most closely reflects the artist’s painting practice.
An algebraic equation makes use of the abstractions of ‘x’ and ‘y’ to signify the variables of a formula. In the practice of Wolfe von Lenkiewicz the icons of Art History replace the formula, and his works seek out the visual or latent motifs that might take the place of ‘x’ and ‘y’.
The age of the Renaissance has been chosen as a platform for experimentation because it too was attempting to ground the making of art in a mathematical a and aesthetically programmable formula. Lenkiewicz has rendered his works with a careful craftsmanship that seeks to replicate the original conditions and painting practices of artists in the Renaissance. With this in mind, the works that result are, in a sense, works that could have been made in the 16th century, formulas that are made up of the same factors.