Stephen Wolf’s work explores connections between perception and social phenomena, engaging primarily with themes of identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. Wolf examines the power and meaning generated when we recognize the values implied by our choices. He questions individual agency in a world that functions as both Gorgon and Siren: repelling us while simultaneously drawing us in.
Wolf uses found juxtaposition and free-association to build layers of cross-reference and meaning, and often employs appropriation as a strategy to question the values promulgated by the imagery of consumer culture. Wolf sees these recognizable tropes as informing not only our collective identity, but also our individual sense of self-worth.
Wolf earned a B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
1994   "Look for Small Miracles" [Solo] Hoboken Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
2016   "Circus Venice" [Solo] Angaelica Art Space, Washougal, WA
International Center of Photography, NYC
BFA, California College of the Arts, Oakland
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles