Artist Talk: Jon Gott and Christian Wullfen

Wednesday, January 24 @ 7 PM

Join us for a conversation with Jon Gott and Christian Wullfen, Associate Professor, Cleveland Institute of Art, on Gott’s current exhibit in the gallery titled, Elementary Incandescent Service Module: A Sevenfold Path to Non-Self. will lead the discussion. Free and open to the public. 15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110. 

Jon Gott is a maker, teacher, and artist born in Washington DC in 1984 and currently living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Working in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, video, and photography, he has exhibited his work nationwide. He received a B.F.A. in Painting from The Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio in 2010, and an MFA in Sculpture from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2017.

Christian Wulffen was born in Germany where he received his training, culminating with a MFA from the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (State Academy of Fine Arts) in Stuttgart. He is currently professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He previously taught at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart and Freie Hochschule (Independent Art Academy), Metzingen, among other institutions, in Germany. He has lectured in both Germany and the United States. His work has been supported by artistic residencies from the Kunststiftung (Art Foundation) Baden-Württemberg and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

The artist is currently represented by Michael Sturm Gallery (Stuttgart, Germany) and Reinhold Maas Gallery (Reutlingen, Germany) and works with Niklas van Bartha London. He has a long distinguished repertoire of exhibitions, through both group shows and one-person exhibitions. Most recently, he has developed installation exhibitions for the McDonough Museum of Art: How to Improve your English (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland: It is, It is not (2009); Dallas Contemporary: Bridges and Other Constructions (2010-2011); and William Busta Gallery, Cleveland: NSEW (2012). His work has been extensively collected by the Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, (Reutlingen, Germany) which has featured his work in a series of exhibitions and also houses his archive. Wulffen has recently expanded his professional practice into curating with his Portability and Network, Spaces (2011) Cleveland, which brought together the work of twenty-one European artists who pursue the fluid boundaries between visual art, architecture, and design as well as the relationship of the art to the larger society. These artists, including Wulffen, all engage with the current problem of how to re-invigorate Abstraction, Constructivism, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art in the contemporary environment.

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