The Density of Urban Life
Bruce Silverstein gallery presents “Facade”, an exhibition of late photographer Michael Wolf’s most iconic work.
Michael Wolf’s facades are flattened patterns of architectural elements that represent the surface of a dystopian urban life. They have no end and no horizon, and they seem to expand well beyond the frame. “This building is only as big as it is, but it could be 10 times as big, because you don’t know where it ends”, the photographer said of his work.
Photographing around the world but predominantly in Hong Kong, where he moved at the age of 39, in this series he played with imagination, geometry and scale. If the photography at times leaned towards abstraction, his interest was focused on the collective and individual human experience of life in a metropolis. Through the window glass, fragments of life unfold.