Markus Wetzel

I Would Like To See The Wolf As An Island

May 31 - June 7, 2007

Nowhere Near But Now Here (Sweden), 2006, lambdaprint, mounted, laminated, 49 x 49 in (125 x 125 cm)

Real Island, 2005, found images, downloaded from a webpage, lambdaprint, mounted on aluminum, laminated, 16 x 12 and 9.5 x 12 inch (41 x 30.5 cm) and (24 x 30.5 cm)

18.14 Red Island, 2005, lambdaprint, laminated, 49 x 98 in (125 x 250 cm), edition of 5

I would Like To See Wolf AS An Island, 2007, lambdaprint, laminated, 49 x 98 in (125 x 250 cm), edition of 5

20.048 Ice Berg, 2007, lambdaprint, laminted, 49 x 150 in (125 x 375 cm), edition of 5

Sleeping Wolf, 2007, 3D-print, 14 x12 x 8 in (35 x 30 x 20 cm), edition of 9

All Over Now! (0560), 2006, lambdaprint, mounted on aluminum, acrylic glass, 32 x 40 in (80 x 100 cm), edition of 7

Glass Island, 2006, lambdaprint, mounted on aluminum, acrylic glass, 30 x40 in ( 75 x 100 cm), edition of 7

All Over Now, 2007, digital animation, DVD, 1:10 min, edition of 7

Glass House, 2006, lambdaprint, mounted on aluminum, acrylic glass, 30 x 40 x in ( 75 x 100 cm), edition of 7

Stux Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Swiss artist Markus Wetzel.

Wetzel continues to explore the extended possibilities of the contemporary image making

process, resulting in seamless, nearly arcadian hyper-real digital landscapes and conceptual


Utilizing digital imaging technology to create multi-layered synthetic topographies, the resulting

works are made without the use of a camera or lens. Jarringly saturated colors imposed onto long

open vistas reveal landscapes that exist in complete isolation. The resulting images confuse

distinctions between time and place, real and unreal. For his latest exhibition at Stux, Wetzel

pushes his process one step further by printing his "sleeping Wolf" as sculpture, which has been

printed out three-dimensionally from the same computer file data he uses for his images and


Expanding beyond the restrictions of digital interpolation, in Real Island, Wetzel presents

photographs of actual islands. Wetzel employs the metaphor of the “island” here, both as a form

of reality and fiction: the ultimate luxury of owning a private island versus the isolation and

disconnection that such a possession might entail. Anybody can purchase these photographs in

order to support Wetzel directly to get a real island, where he can test his ideas in the "real


Using islands as forms of reality and fiction simultaneously: his images and installation objects

reflect the various stages of development of the islands, stretching fictional, model-like space to

the point where fiction and reality intertwine. It is through this interplay that one must ultimately

consider these unique landscapes.