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by Jean Wolff

My interest in systems and structure within a grid format is a  systematic exploration of a basic structure and its subsequent  construction and deconstruction. The explorations are more than a formal  exercise. The repeated manipulation of the space within the edges of  the pictorial plane means that the work is not just a painting but  becomes a support or object unto itself as well.

These paintings represent these specific qualities, using fairly  restricted formal means. The work’s ability to express a great deal with  limited means testifies to the power of the language within the surface  plane. These works are built on an evolving set of interrelations,  rather than just a system of theme and variations. It is a meditation on  more than just the formal exercise - not planned, but with each work  created in response to the previous and as a series of a whole. Although  abstracted and set out in formal terms/language – these works have a  systematic mathematical quality (referred to in the titles and the date  of completion). Beyond the rigors of the geometry, the various media or  materials activate the surface, differentiating each painting from  another, as well.

Jean Wolff has had group and solo exhibits in various galleries in New  York City and internationally. She has published works in 54 magazines.  Born in Detroit, studied fine arts at the Center for Creative Studies  and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a BFA in  studio arts. Attended Hunter College, CUNY in New York for a MFA in  painting and printmaking. She is now part of the artistic community of  Westbeth in Manhattan. For complete exhibition list and bibliography please visit artist website at

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