Since the early 80s Christopher Wool (born 1955 in Chicago, lives and works in New York City) has
been using his painting to explore and
expand the boundaries of a painting whose
heroic period is past. Like Robert Gober,
Cady Noland and Richard
whom he has worked—Wool has helped
invent new forms for a supposedly wornout
discipline. Throwing in references to music, cinema and art, he has created
works testifying to the contemporary experience.
Beginning with decorative patterns
and letters that produced All-over paintings
in which expression was cut to a minimum,
he went on to use silkscreening for works
that became steadily denser and freer.
Can your monkey do the dog is the title for this book conceived jointly by Josh Smith and Christopher Wool. Thanks to digital imaging, they created together a series of pieces; one of them proposed an image from his corpus, which the other one reworked, by adding or removing elements. A new "layer" was each time superimposed on the previous one, without any constraint or mutual censorship regulating the alternating interventions.