California artist Jeffrey Wisniewski’s work has posed something of a challenge to critics and audiences since he first began showing publicly at the beginning of the 1990s. His art, presenting dystopic visions of contemporary culture, has been rationalized as an extension of the conceptual strategies of 1970s artists like Robert Smithson, Walter DeMaria, and Gordon Matta-Clark. His works are inherently sardonic while at the same time harboring a romantic sense of history and fleeting memory.
Wisniewski was born in Elmhurst, IL, in 1964. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL, and the Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art in New York, NY. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Rolf Ricke, Köln, Germany (2003); Galerie Sima, Nürnberg, Germany (2003); and Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria (1998). Recent group exhibitions include Das Kapital: Blue Chips and Masterpieces, Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2007); Sweet Temptations, Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2005); and Pale Fire, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany (2003).