Quay Quinn Wolf @ Interface

Pink Velvet Dress with the Fur Collar
Quay Quinn Wolf

August 16 - September 29, 2019
Interface Gallery
486 49th Street
Oakland, CA

Interface is pleased to present Pink Velvet Dress with the Fur Collar, a solo exhibition by Quay Quinn Wolf. Wolf presents objects in ways that evoke memories and the ephemerality of experience. He often uses materials that adorn or augment the body such as hair gels, oils, velvet, satin, clothing, and flowers, to suggest the body and its transience.

For this exhibition, Wolf will present an installation of new sculptures exploring his relationship to his grandmother and reflecting on her relationship to 1950's cinema, specifically, Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), which he remembers watching with her.

Sirk’s film is a tale of two single mothers, one white, and the other black. Wolf has memories of his grandmother’s comments during the film as she would imagine the black domestic characters adorned in the opulent fabrics the white female characters wore.

The works consider Wolf's grandmother’s aspiration to own and wear the luxury items she saw white Hollywood movie stars wear. As such, they reflect in a very personal way, on class and racial divides that continue today.

Quay Quinn Wolf (b.1989) is a sculptor living and working in New York City. He is represented by Jack Barrett Gallery in NY – and his first solo there was a critic’s pick in Art Forum. His work often deals with themes of memory and impermanence and also explores race and class issues through the lens of his own family history. In this case, his memories of watching 1950s films with his grandmother.