Wolfe von Lenkiewicz’s practice is a continuum of struggle with art history, a constant appropriation of its narratives and rearrangement of its protagonists into the artists’ own, contemporary context. Standing on the ambiguous line between iconophilia and iconoclasm, both elevating and desecrating the canon, Lenkiewicz creates an ever- expanding wunderkammer of references where history and popular culture merge into uncanny figures in hyper real settings.
The exhibition “I have an excellent idea, LETS CHANGE THE SUBJECT” is a bricolage of fictional and factual worlds where Goering is put on trail in Alice’s Wonderland and Leonardo da Vinci exists parallel to Disneyland. The exhibition comprises of a series of oil paintings where Pablo Picasso and John Tenniel’s methods interlock in a seamless interplay.
Lenkiewicz adopts the epistemological anarchy of Paul Fayerabends notion of “anything goes” colliding differing cultural ideologies into forced dialogue resulting in surprising reformations of formerly degenerated truisms back to life in a modern context. Taking its name from the utterance of the Mad Hatter, a character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the exhibition centers on the ambiguity between history and myth, and the possibility of an interplay ring of the two discourses.