Silvio Wolf's work is featured in The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture, 2009). In his series of analog C-prints, Horizons, he has used the unexposed ends of film rolls as negatives. The resulting images of dramatic contrasting color are intended to stand alone even as they suggest a range of visual and metaphoric associations. As the artist states, "The Horizons series is based on parts of the photographic film leaders, self-exposed by light while loading a camera. Light radiation acts directly onto the photosensitive material before any pictures are taken and without the intention of the photographer. The Horizons are created from discarded materials of the photochemical process. They are actual artist's appropriations. Each Horizon reveals a threshold, the clear limit between light and darkness, between matter and language."
Aperture is pleased to offer this very special limited-edition photograph to its collecting audience. Each piece is mounted to Dibond and front mounted to Plexiglas with a cleat system and is ready to hang. This is a unique opportunity to collect the work of this important and innovative artist—one of Italy's entries into the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Silvio Wolf (born in Milan, 1952) studied philosophy and psychology in Italy and photography and visual arts in London, where he received the Higher Diploma in Advanced Photography at the London College of Printing. He teaches photography at the School of Visual Arts of the European Institute of Design in Milan, and is a visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
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