Daniela Wolfer

Curator's Selection #6

3.4. – 29.5.2017

CURATOR´S SELECTION #6Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow,a solo show by Daniela Wolfer

3.4. – 29.5.2017

Daniela Wolfer’s artistic work is deeply influenced by her life and work as a DJ. Even during her painting studies at the art academy in Stuttgart where she dedicated herself first to abstract paintings she has started her second career as a DJ in 1994 to capture the culture and its rapidness at that time. Instead of following strictly the academic path as an artist, Daniela has dived into the nightlife and the Hip Hop scene to develop her own visual language and to give classical topics a fresh interpretation while her paintings are strongly connected with the youth culture of the 90s and social phenomena of her own generation. In her performances as „DJ Dirty Daniela“ and „EVEN D.“, Daniela Wolfer’s music repertoire ranges from Hip Hop, Urban Music, Deep and Tech House to Electronic Music. The artist’s openess for different styles is also reflected in the online show which presents fifteen CD cover paintings – each of them with its own soundtrack. Daniela uses sampling as a working method in both ways: By composing new art works with still existing fragments the spectator might discover references to cover icons of the music history like the covers of Funkadelic or Drake and to the artist’s musical companions such as DJ Friction and DJ Thomilla. Her pictorial collages includes stereotypical elements of the Hip Hop culture, everyday and practically forgotten working tools of a DJ like cables, speakers, vinyl records and tape recorders, light effects of the nights as well as surrealistic features. This artistic approach is also shown in the soundtracks of the respective covers which are sampled and re-arranged presenting well-known songs, live recordings of Daniela’s gigs, mix CDs of DJ Schowi (Massive Töne), DJ Emilio and the artist itself as well as brand new produced music of DJ Blomtwist, DJ Friction (Freundeskreis), DJ Thomilla (Turntablerockers) and Technobeton. Following the principle of cross over and visual composing Daniela Wolfer’s body of work is impossible to categorize. The exhibition title „Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow“ refers directly to the album of the same title by the american funk band „Funkadelic“, released in July 1970 which had an enormous impact on many styles of music and can be understood as the artist’s maxim working across genres.

Special thanks to DJ Blomtwist, DJ Emilio, DJ Friction, DJ Schowi, DJ Thomilla, MC Bruddaal, State of Art and Technobeton.

Daniela WolferSince I found you, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferInner Rhythm, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferWolf Gang, 2017PaintingAcrylic, spray paint, pencil on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferL' óubliette, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferThe Best, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferOn The One, 2017PaintingAcrylic, marker on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferAss Follow, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferPoodleicious, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferSerious Fun, 2017PaintingAcrylic, pencil on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferInfinity, 2017PaintingAcrylic, marker on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferMy world is empty without you, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

State of ArtMy world is empty without me, 201106:11 min

Daniela WolferNightflower, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferBeat Benz & Chants, 2017PaintingAcrylic, spray paint, pencil on Fine Art Paper

Daniela Wolferbeaverly hills, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela WolferFree your Mind, 2017PaintingAcrylic on Fine Art Paper

Daniela Wolfer about her online showat Collect Good Stuff

Photo: © Sven Cichowicz

JG: The small-scaled paintings presented in the online show correspond to the format of a CD cover and focus on an integral part of the Hip Hop subculture – Cover Art. What would the music album be without a cover. Can you explain this successful collaboration between music and art a bit and what relevance do covers and their interpretation have for you personally?

DW: I am an artist and a Dj. Sometimes I can connect music with art. In that way it goes hand in hand with my life. The best way to sell music and to get a buyer’s attention is with the help of an eye-catching cover. A part of the common Hip Hop culture is street art and graffiti.

JG: As an artist and a DJ you are working across genres. How do these areas influence each other and what kind of synergies can be generated in your work

DW: As a Dj I see of course through artist eyes. Accordingly, I work with my experiences and impressions. I also photograph a lot when I am on the road, so I have a sample photo library for my art collages. I live both parts with passion. During my DJ gigs I receive a direct and ecstatic response of the audience. But then I also need and enjoy the concentrated and isolated work in the studio. It is nice to see that my artistic work in the form of cover paintings or flyers can flow back into the inspiring music and club scene. Here we’ve come full circle.

JG: Sampling plays an important role in your oeuvre. Can you describe your artistic approach also regarding the current online exhibition?

DW: In music we call it sampling. In art we call it a collage. The big difference is the copyright. In my art I use the collage for reaching new levels and to clear my statements. In music sampling, music from the past could have a chance for a revival in the present charts. Some kind of modern recycling, we could say. In the current online exhibition you can see a series of CD covers paintings in dialog with sounds of some of my homies, as well as of mine.

JG: The exhibition title „Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow“ is adopted from the music album of the same title by the american band „Funkadelic“. Why did you choose this one?

DW: The scope of the Funk area has influenced a wide circle of music. Music I love and play in the club. For me the band Funkadelic plays also a relevant role regarding their funky cover art. The Funkadelic musicians and of course James Brown have been pioneers of Funk. These pioneers had again a significant influence on the later emerging Hip Hop. The title „Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow“ is always the truth.