(Würzburg, Germany, 1961)
Wolfram Ullrich’s work is characterized by relief paintings that dissolve the borders between sculpture and painting. The artist identifies himself primarily as a painter, and his work develops the principles of clarity, geometrism, anti-symbolism, and simplicity of production proposed by Concrete art throughout the twentieth century. Through formal innovations, he has questioned and reformulated those principles: the ambiguity of his oeuvre does not emerge from a confusion of elements, but from an interplay with traditional standards that rule the Western gaze since the Renaissance. Ullrich provokes perceptual conflicts that destabilize the logical certainty about what is exactly that is being seen.
His compositions are dedicated to break the apparent clarity of Geometry: the paintings appear as unified objects when in reality each part is built separately; achieving this with ideas about displacement, optical illusions, or perceptual changes brought about by the proximity between objects. Ullrich’s abstractions are not designed to give certainty but they question how we see, how we perceive, and why.
Wolfram Ullrich currently lives and works in Stuttgart, Germany.