Silvio Wolf is a multimedia artist, a Professor of Photography at the European Institute of Design in Milan and Visiting Professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He studied at the London College of Printing after studies in philosophy and psychology in Italy. He was born in Italy in 1952 and lives and works in Milan and New York. Wolf has accomplished photo-based, multimedia installations, public-art works and solo exhibitions in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. He participated in Documenta VIII in Kassel and in the 53rd Venice Biennale. His most recent exhibition is The Invisible: Valentino Vago and Silvio Wolf, Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, Milan.
Silvio Wolf with Lyle Rexer
I remember very well the first works I saw of yours, in a private showing, Icons of Light, as you called them. They were photographs of paintings, shot at an angle so that the reflected light wiped out the image. These were framed as paintings then hung on the wall. These icons gave back nothing except the absence of a picture, and yet they provoked a desire to see beyond this instant of blindness. Is this fundamental to your approach to photography, that it can be made to disclose and withhold at the same time?