Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt – Wie eine Spinne im Netz

Editor(s)

Jenny Graser

Author(s)

Jenny Graser, Dagmar Korbacher, Klaus Lederer, Fabienne Meyer, Kathleen Reinhardt

Design

Book Book, Berlin

Cover

Softcover with flaps

Size

22,6 × 29,7 cm

Pages

216

Illustrations

172

Language(s)

German

ISBN

978-3-96912-104-7

Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt (b. Wurzen, Germany, 1932; lives in Berlin) is one the few East German female artists who devoted themselves to graphic art produced on the typewriter. Working on her trusty “Erika,” she arranged letters, digits, commas, and plus signs to compose imaginative visual creations. Under her hands, the black and red characters were transformed into poetic verbal images, gently undulating waves, serial patterns, and architectonic or figurative formations. Sometimes verging on concrete poetry, these typewritings also evince unmistakable affinities with conceptual and minimalist art. In the 1980s, the artist expanded on them in collages that recall Hannah Höch’s Dadaist visual montages. With her graphic work, Wolf-Rehfeldt was also an active participant in the GDR’s mail-art program: she sent the typewritings to artists beyond the impassable borders of her country, building an extensive network of correspondences that spanned the globe.

The richly illustrated monograph underscores the diversity and contemporary relevance of Wolf-Rehfeldt’s works, which were created in the shadow of the Cold War and address the fragility of peace as well as early manifestations of the environmental devastation wrought by the industrial age.

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