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Studio Anne Wölk 2020

Artwork series: Nebulae
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Nebulae are huge birthplaces for stars and consist of interstellar dust, hydrogen, and helium. As enormous cloudscapes, they are a great source of inspiration for Anne Wölk. As symbols of aesthetic contemplation, let us, as human beings, sight the overwhelming beauty of nature on a large scale. Wölk’s starry landscapes represent an artistic investigation and translation that deal with the vastness of cosmic space. At unimaginable distances, measured in light-years, you can see strange suns that appear in Wölk’s pictures as tiny little details. In reality, the light points represent gigantic worlds in distant areas of space. The motifs are inspired by astrophotographs from the Hubble Space Telescope and transfer unreachable places to a painted, humanly experienced picture space. The paintings show bizarre and beautiful structures and challenge the viewer in the best sense to take a closer look.

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Nebulae sind gewaltige Geburtsorte für Sterne und bestehen aus interstellarem Staub, Wasserstoff und Helium. Die Wolkengebilde sind für Anne Wölk eine großartige Inspirationsquelle. Als Symbole ästhetischer Kontemplation, lässt uns Menschen ihr Anblick, die überwältigende Schönheit der Natur in größten Maßstäben erleben. Wölk´s Sternenlandschaften stellen eine künstlerische Untersuchung und Übersetzung dar, die sich mit der Weite des kosmischen Raums auseinandersetzt. In unvorstellbaren Entfernungen, gemessen in Lichtjahren, sieht man fremde Sonnen, die in Wölk´s Bildern als winzige kleine Details erscheinen. In der Realität repräsentieren die Lichtpunkte gigantische Welten in fernen Bereichen des Weltraums. Die Motive sind von Astrofotografien des Hubble Space Teleskops inspiriert und transferieren unerreichbare Orte in einen gemalten und menschlich empfundenen Erlebnisraum. Die Bilder zeigen bizarre und schöne Gebilde und fordern im besten Sinne heraus, genauer hinzusehen.

Eagle nebula (🦅 Adler Nebel), 2020, 80 x 80 cm, Oil on canvas
Available for sale from Pantocrator Gallery at Swab Barcelona Art Fair 2020
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Artwork series: Planet Spheres
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The idea of ​​the painted celestial globes originates from astronomical research on exoplanets, which is driven by the search for extrasolar worlds. As a child, Anne Wölk saw countless simulations of the night skies and detailed presentations of gas planets such as Saturn and Jupiter at the planetarium of her hometown, Jena. Wölk’s sky landscapes are painted on spheres of different sizes and hang freely from the ceiling. The three-dimensional paintings are characterized by the use of a slow, precise working method and are made with acrylic paint on styrofoam. The objects embody a fictional and poetic interpretation of possible extraterrestrial worlds, carrying the ideal of the romanticism of the 19th century. The starting point for the spheres are astrophotographs from space telescopes. Inspired by viable future colonies on rocky planets, the works refer to the question of whether there is ‘life beyond earth’ and ask: ‘What could colonies look like on other worlds?’
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Die Idee, der bemalten Himmelsgloben, entspringt der astronomischen Forschung zu Exoplaneten, die die Fahndung nach extrasolaren Welten vorantreibt. Als Kind sah Anne Wölk, im Planetarium ihrer Heimatstadt Jena, unzählige Simulationen des nächtlichen Sternenhimmels und Detailaufnahmen von Gasplaneten, wie dem Saturn und Jupiter.
Wölk´s Himmelslandschaften sind auf Kugeln in unterschiedlicher Größe gemalt und hängen frei schwebend von der Decke. Die dreidimensionalen Gemälde entstehen in einer Methodik des langsamen und präzisen Arbeitens in Arylfarbe auf Styropor. Das Ideal der Romantik des 19. Jahrhunderts in sich tragend, verkörpern die Objekte, eine fiktive und poetische Interpretation möglicher Exowelten. Ausgangspunkt für die Sphären sind Astrofotografien von Weltraumteleskopen. Gedanklich inspiriert von möglichen zukünftigen Kolonien auf Gesteinsplaneten, beziehen sich die Arbeiten auf die Frage nach „Leben jenseits der Erde“. Wie könnten Kolonien auf anderen Welten aussehen?

“Second Earth“, 2019, 40 cm sphere, Acrylic on Styrofoam
Available for sale from Singulart Gallery, Paris, France
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“Second Earth“, 2019, 40 cm sphere, Acrylic on Styrofoam
Available for sale from Singulart Gallery, Paris, France
https://www.singulart.com/de/kunstwerke/anne-wölk-second-earth-691467

Artwork series: Starscapes
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The Starscapes series comprises night landscapes with fascinating and mysterious light atmospheres. The motifs come from the tradition of landscape painting of the 17th century, when Dutch painters, such as Aert van der Neer, examined night light phenomena in many ways. Although Anne Wölk takes on the precision and painterly compactness of the old master van der Neer, she uses Filmstills from popular science fiction movies as a contemporary template. The painter lets mountain landscapes shine brightly against dark, starry skies and magically draws the viewer’s gaze into their depths. A digital glow effect in the horizon line references the excessive screen light of the present day. The classic deep light of traditional oil painting is distorted and expanded by an LED light. The dark shade ‘indanthrene blue’ is omnipresent in the firmament. The deep, wide night blue of the sky envelops and quietly warms the viewer in an artistic embrace.
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Die Serie “Starscapes” umfasst Nachtlandschaften mit faszinierenden und geheimnisvollen Lichtstimmungen. Die Motive stehen in der Tradition der Landschaftsmalerei des 17.Jahrhunderts, einer Zeit in der niederländische Maler, wie Aert van der Neer, Nachtlichtphänomene vielfältig untersucht haben. Anne Wölk übernimmt die Präzision und malerische Kompaktheit des Altmeisters, nutzt aber im zeitgenössischem Sinne Filmstills aus dem Science-Fiction Genre als Vorlagen. Die Malerin lässt Gebirgslandschaften vor dunklen Sternenhimmeln hell aufleuchten und zieht den Blick des Betrachters magisch in die Tiefe. Ein digitaler Gloweffekt in der Horizontlinie referiert auf übersteigerte Bildschirmfarben der Gegenwart. Das klassische Tiefenlicht der altmeisterlichen Ölmalerei wird durch LED-Licht verzerrt und erweitert. Omnipresent ist der dunkle Blauton “Indanthrene Blue” im Firmament. Das tiefe und weite Nachtblau des Himmelsgewölbe hüllt ein und wärmt leise in einer bildnerischen Umarmung.

„Observatorio“, (Observatorio El Sauce Chile), 2020, 20 x 30 cm, oil on canvas
The observatory allows scientists to observe the cosmic splendor of the universe in average 310+ clear nights/year.
Available for sale from Singulart Gallery Paris, France
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Terraforming, 2020, 70 x 70 cm, oil on canvas
Available for sale from Pantocrator Gallery at Swab Barcelona Art Fair 2020,
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milky way
Milky Way (only stars overhear us), 2018, 70 x 90 cm, acrylic on canvas
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Winter silence, 2020, 30 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
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Alpenglow, 2020, 30 x 40 cm, acrylic on canvas
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Alpenglow II, 2019, 30 x 40 cm, acrylic on canvas
star spiral
Star Spiral, 2019, 49,5 x 40 cm, 19.5 x 15.7, acrylic on canvas
Available for sale from 5pieces Gallery Bern, Switzerland
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Day Break, 2019, 49,5 x 40 cm, 19.5 x 15.7, acrylic on canvas
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Scope and Vision, 2019, 60 x 40 cm, 23,6 x 15 inch, acrylic on canvas
Available for sale from Singulart Gallery Paris, France
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installation view, 2019, Tête Gallery Space, Berlin
Neon Earth, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 cm, 11.8 x 9.5 Inch
Available for sale from Pantocrator Gallery at Swab Barcelona Art Fair 2020,
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Deep Blue Dive, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 cm, 11.8 x 9.5 Inch
Transmission, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 49,5 x 40 cm, 19.5 x 15.7 Inch
Available for sale from Alfa Gallery Miami
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The Summoner, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 49,5 x 40 cm, 19.5 x 15.7 Inch
timelapse
Timelapse, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 cm, 9.5 x 7 Inch
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winterlandscape
Winter landscape, 2018, 30 x 60 cm, 11.8 x 23.6 Inch, acrylic on canvas
Available for sale from Alfa Gallery Miami
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Virtual Light, multi panel work, polyptych, acrylic on canvas, 2018
The Multiverse
The Multiverse, 2018, acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm, 19.7 x 27.6 Inch
Available for sale from Singulart Gallery, Paris, France
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spaceport
Spaceport station, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 15.8 x 15.8 Inch
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Virtual Light
Virtual Light, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 15.8 x 15.8 Inch
Loopers, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 11.8 x 11.8 Inch
multi panel work
Luna azul, multi panel work, polyptych, acrylic on canvas, 2018
High Moon, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 15.8 x 15.8 Inch
Available for sale from Pantocrator Gallery at Swab Barcelona Art Fair 2020,
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dawn
Dawn, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 11.8 x 11.8 Inch
Luna azul handy
Luna azul, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 23,7 x 30 cm, 9.3 x 11.8 Inch
Available for sale from Pantocrator Gallery at Swab Barcelona Art Fair 2020
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Luna azul II
Luna azul II, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 23,7 x 30 cm, 9.3 x 11.8 Inch
Available for sale from Pantocrator Gallery at Swab Barcelona Art Fair 2020
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Slow Motion, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 cm, 11.8 x 9.5 Inch
Available for sale from 5pieces Gallery Bern, Switzerland
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Artwork series: Floating architectures
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Anne Wölk includes architectural elements in her painting compositions when dealing with the futuristic designs of the Bauhaus-related VKhUTEMAS movement. In general, the painter adores the union of the artistic and technical vision of the Russian Avant-Garde. In 2015, a comprehensive and extensive exhibition was held at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin. Next to the historical background information of Russian Avant-Garde Futurism, Anne Wölk researched in Set Designs of Science Fiction Movies about future city ideas, for e. g. the film Oblivion with its Sky Tower.

Sky Tower, 2020, 50 x 50 cm, oil on canvas
Remenbrance, 2020, 50 x 50 cm, oil on canvas

Artwork series: Birch trees and two Moons in the Sky
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Art, in its purest sense, is an attempt to construct a parallel world with different horizons of opportunity. The focus of the artistic research of artwork series, Birch trees and two Moons in the Sky, is the process of recreation of reality. The working method is characterized by the employment of collage techniques and the layering of landscapes with juxtaposed objects and playing with grids, geometric shapes and light. 
Next to historical art influences, many international futuristic and utopian novels have strongly influenced the painting motifs. As a teenager, Anne Wölk read science fiction novels such as Return from the Stars by Stanisław Lem and Roadside Picnic by the brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Since then, the artist had read tons of science fiction novels with completely different cultural backgrounds. For that reason, Wölk owns a vast collection of books, which she had built upon the two first novels mentioned previously. One of her favorite books is Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson, which addresses the main points of her subject matter. Gibson predicted cyberspace, which is structured similarly to our Internet. But in contrast to today’s flat monitor experience, cyberspace can be accessed as a location. 
Anne Wölks artworks are intended to get stuck in the head. A painting has to be more than “only” technically perfect. It should own something special like an independent sole, that is difficult to put into words, but that only turns art into “art.” Her motives are magical and somehow crazy in their own way, like the landscapes in dreams and associate opposing terms such as bright and quiet, attractive, and a little scary.
Through Wölks cultural roots, the artist experience herself as a part of two different worlds, having both Eastern and Western cultural influences. During her childhood, she often came into contact with paintings by East-European and Russian landscape painters. She always enjoyed drawing birch trees and have loved them for their cool and beautiful elegance. The painters grandfather was the first person to promote her interest in drawing. He taught her basic rules for studying nature and understanding proportions. Wölk senior came from the East-Prussian Königsberg, modern-day Kaliningrad. During Wölks early childhood, he influenced her with his drawings and portraits, which were full of Baltic Romanticism and melancholy. Since then the Baltic melancholy has inscribed itself into her artworks, like a different melody. 

Simulacron, 2017, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 15.8 x 15.8 Inch
Rendezvous, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 15.8 x 15.8 Inch
Wintermute, 2017, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, 15.8 x 15.8 Inch
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hill-sphere
Hill sphere, 2017, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 49 x 49 cm, 19.3 x 19.3 inch
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Lily Pond
Lily Pond, 2012, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 49 x 49 cm, 19.3 x 19.3 inch
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Transform-fault, 2012, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 49 x 49 cm, 19.3 x 19.3 inch
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Outskirts, 2011, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 49 x 49 cm, 19.3 x 19.3 inch
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composition 3, 2014, Black & White print & chalk pastels on paper,
36,8 x 48,1 cm, 14.5 x 18.9 inch, (variation on window theme)
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composition 2, 2014, chalk pastels on paper, 70 x 100 cm; 27,6 x 39,4 inch, (variation on diamond theme)
Moonlight_Sonata_high_res
Moonlight Sonata, 2013, 200 x 250 cm, 98.4 x 78.7 inches, mixed media (oil, acrylic, spray paint) on fabric
Available for sale from
Alfa Gallery Miami
https://www.artsy.net/artwork/anne-wolk-moonlight-sonata
phantasmagoria in two_ high resolution
Phantasmagoria in two, 2013, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 170 x 118,5 cm, 66.9 x 46.7 inch
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hexagon_
Hexagon, 2012, 189 x 181 cm, 74.4 x 71.2 inches, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas
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Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen), 2012, 250 x 200 cm, 98.4 x 78.7 inches, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas
afterglow
Afterglow, 2013, 70 x 60 cm, 27.6 x 23.6 inch, Mixed media (oil, acrylic and aerosol) on canvas
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prism
Prism, 2012, 100 x 100cm, 39.4 x 39.4 inch, oil on canvas
Styx
Styx, 2013, 250 x 200 cm, 98.4 x 78.7 inches, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas
perfect_morning
Perfect Morning, 2013, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 87 x 80 cm, 34.3 x 31.5 inch
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cloud ceiling_high_res
Cloud Ceiling, 2013, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 39.4 x 39.4 inch
air
Air, 2014, oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 49 x 49 cm, 19.3 x 19.3 inch
Cumulus Clouds, 2014, arerosol, pencil, crayon on paper, 27.6 x 39.4 inch (70 x 100 cm)
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Midsummer Clouds, 2016, pastel, Gray and Colouring pencils on paper, 28 x 38,5 cm
Young’s weeping birch (at Soviet War Memorial Berlin), 29 x 24,5 cm, ink on paper, 2016
Red Forest Chernobyl, 2016, 66,5 x 46 cm, ink on paper
Recall, 2010/11, 250 x 200 cm, 98.4 x 78.7 inches, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on fabric
Pioneer Species, 200 x 250 cm, 78.7 x 98.4 inches, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas
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Camouflage, 2011, 225 x 450 cm, 88.6 x 177.2 inch, Mixed media (oil, acrylic and aerosol) on fabric and canvas
Fusio, 2011, 250 x 200 cm, 98.4 x 78.7 inches, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on fabric
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Mirror, 2011, 100 x 100 cm, 39.2 x 39.2 inches, Oil, acrylic and aerosol on fabric
Available for sale from Alfa Gallery Miami
https://www.artsy.net/artwork/anne-wolk-mirror

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