Wolfram Ullrich



Art needs the viewer to concretize itself. Concrete art, too. In this constellation it has the possibility to remain completely with itself and to rely on the persuasive power of the factually visible. But it can also open itself up to the viewer by taking to heart the premises of concretion and yet conjuring up an emphatic illusionism.

In recent years, Wolfram Ullrich has increasingly opened up his artistic work in this direction. The rational effort to achieve formal rigor is just as important to him as the irrational downside of its effect. Ullrich’s most recent reliefs, for instance, initially captivate us with their precise form and colouring. They are polyhedra over trapezoidal surfaces. At the edges their geometric body of brushed steel becomes visible, the front side itself is covered with a monochrome skin of lacquer and acrylic paint: blue, salmon or earthy rust brown.

When one successively moves away from what is actually visible, these reliefs begin to twist involuntarily. Depending on the observer’s point of view, they work their way into or out of the wall, they tilt and become soft, bend over narrow shadow gaps towards the observer and finally say goodbye to weightlessness. The



Born 1961 in Wurzburg, Germany
Lives and works in Stuttgart, Germany


Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Germany
History of Art, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Selected Solo Shows

"Wolfram Ullrich", Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany
"Coordinate e convergenze", MARCA – Museo delle Arti, Catanzaro, Italy
"Reliefs", Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Lissone, Italy
"Wolfram Ullrich", galerie lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
"Pure Color, Pure Form", Dep Art Gallery, Milan, Italy
"Wolfram Ullrich", galerie lange + pult, Auvernier, Switzerland
"Wolfram Ullrich", Galerie Lindner, Wien, Austria
"Early Works", galerie lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
"Progression", Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels, Belgium