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Leah Wolff

2014 Artist In Residence

Leah Wolff

Leah Wolff (born 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a visual artist living and working in New York. Wolff earned her BFA (2006) with honors from Rhode Island School of Design. She received her MFA (2011) from Columbia University’s School of the Arts where she was awarded the Neiman Fellowship Award.  Her sculptures, drawings and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at Lu Magnus, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Fisher Landau Center for Art, NADA Art Fair and SculptureCenter in New York City, and at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco. Her most recent solo show, titled It’s Been Hours, was held at Scaramouche, New York.

Wolff’s current body of work is a series of wall-mounted clay slabs treated with a photo transfer technique. These images originated in The Whole Earth Catalog, which was printed from 1968 to 1972, intended to provide education and access to tools by listing products that could be used by anyone to foster a creative, self-sustainable lifestyle. Its mission of spreading information along with the inclusion of user generated content became a precursor to our present-day blogosphere. As a vestige of the 1960’s back-to-the-land counterculture movement, the work speaks to the massive online DIY communities that exist today, empowering the reader to become a maker. These pieces exist as contemporary relics, pseudo artifacts and analogue fragments from a digital era.

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