MAX WOLF — in the eyes of John Slye, the journalist that interviewed Wolf on their artistic process last year — “recalibrated fashion portraiture’s traditional framing” by developing a unique and emerging perspective on visual artistry, interjecting tones of drama and humanity in their intimate, neoclassic portraiture as well as their radical abstract forays. Wolf, based out of Chicago, Illinois and New York, New York, has been published internationally with exhibitions and publications based out of New York, Milan, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Istanbul, Tehran, Miami, San Jose, Oakland, Doncaster, Orlando and Tampa, provoking audiences with works that “[punch] far above their weight [in creativity]. Wolf has been curated by the editorial team at Vogue Italia to their online Photo Vogue platform on nineteen occasions, utilizing intriguing visual storytelling that maintains the polished detail-attentive aesthetic of the editorial giant. Wolf has been recognized generously by Visual Supply Co. (VSCO), most recently having been recognized in the form of an interview detailing and demonstrating their artistic process; Wolf attached insight and interview commentary to depictions of juxtaposing paired imagery that were published in a previous editorial publication by Kendal Kulley, Wolf having a history of curations to a plethora of select collections by the staff at VSCO. Wolf’s recent virtual exhibition, Alchemy, was subsequently picked up by Art Upon Contemporary, Artheme Gallery and MoCA Digital, as their visual works tackling the complex and shrouded waves of solidarity and grief in the onset of the coronavirus pandemic have been inducted into by several platforms, including that of the COVID Art Museum detailed in press for VICE, MSN, The National, VICE Spain, Print Magazine and Playground Magazine and the COVID Room detailed in press for i-D Italy, VICE UK, Trax Magazine among several others. Wolf has been inducted into the digital archive of Iconic Artist, demonstrating the imminence of their impact on the main stage of thought-provoking contemporary photography.
WOLF, in their own words: In the execution of my artistic practice, I feel an inviolable and immense connection to the narrative of humanity, and consider it a personal objective of mine to capture the multi-dimensional facets of the human soul and spirit in a two-dimensional space. I intend to perform this through formats of portraiture and object photography that bleed with sublime symbolism and obscure to the detriment of their discernment. In essence, I have every intention of portraying human subjects in objectivity, conversely capturing objects in sentience. I feel a severe and unwavering drive to cohesive bodies of photographic work that juxtapose the artificial quality of the abstract with interjected humanist values. I feel a lifetime commitment to this cycle of capture and alteration – the work of documenting humanity in all of its forms – the bold, harsh lines and colors of the editorial, meeting the cognitive abstraction it holds in the bizarre.