Wolfe von Lenkiewicz

Sep 25, 2012


Wolfe von Lenkiewicz has transformed Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ into a post-historic, trans-cultural manuscript. At first glance von Lenkiewicz’s work appears to be a faithful reproduction of the original, but on closer inspection it is ‘contaminated’ with imagery from a wide range of historical and contemporary sources, both art historical and pop cultural. Diverse and contradictory images have been smuggled into the already dense and multilayered scene; from a screaming head by Bacon to clusters of brightly coloured Pokémon characters. They share the space of a painted universe but are unknowing of each other’s existence.

Hieronymus Bosch showcases Lenkiewicz’s painting of Bosch’s Creation of the World. The original’s hybrid creatures and alchemical-like vessels have been replaced by Hokusai’s iconic print of a giant wave, his equally famous fish appear as leviathan creatures swimming under the ‘skin’ of the sea. The effect is to make the World resemble a snow shaker, implying that what we take for reality is no more than the plaything of God, just as the picture we are looking at is nothing more than another false world.

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz

Hieronymus Bosch

All Visual Arts

September 7th – October 4th, 2012
2 Omega Place
London N1 9DR