Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe, Set-apart from Memory by Time

Open Satellite presents Set-apart from Memory by Time, by California-based artist Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe. Suarez-Wolfe's practice includes sculpture, drawing, installation, and experiments in residential architecture. He was selected for residency by Michael Darling, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

For his installation at Open Satellite, Suarez-Wolfe experiments with a viewer’s (or inhabitant’s) experience and understanding of a spatial moment. Three related, yet distorted hallways highlight and explore notions of intimacy, distance, and continuity in terms of their relationship to spatial perception, particularly senses of contraction and expansion. Ultimately, through the movement between these progressive hallways, the installation transitions from a closed domestic setting to a more explicitly constructed, open, and vulnerable scene, challenging the stability, intimacy and psychology of an architectural experience.

Suarez-Wolfe's work is rooted in a rigorous framework of art and architecture. He attended SCI-Arc before receiving his MFA in Sculpture at UCLA in 2000. His work has been exhibited at ACE Gallery in Los Angeles and New York, Blum & Poe Gallery, Luckman Gallery of Fine Arts at California State University at Los Angeles, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, High Desert Test Sites, and Artist Curated Projects. He is a recipient of the Emilio Sanchez Award in Art and Architecture as well as a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. From 2005-2008, with Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, he co-edited a publication on conceptual art entitled InterReview Journal, which is now archived at Harvard Fine Arts Library. Suarez-Wolfe has taught in the art and architecture departments at the University of Southern California, Woodbury University, and currently at the University of California at Berkeley. His work has been included in various journals and books on both art and architecture, including SPACECRAFT: Fleeting Architecture and Hideouts published by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin.


Exhibition Dates
September 10 – November 13, 2010

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Opening Event
Friday, September 10, 6-9 PM

Artist Lecture
Saturday, September 11, 2 PM
Henry Art Gallery Auditorium, members free / $5 general
Henry Art Gallery Artist Lecture link

Family Model-Making Workshop
Saturday, October 16, 11 AM – 2 PM
Presented by Seattle Architecture Foundation

Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe’s website

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Photography credits: Malcolm Smith