Kein Witz, No Joke combines paintings and objects by Sophie Reinhold with the "Typewritings" of Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt. As different as the artists may be, their works share a manic perseverance, precision, and subversive humor.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Kunstverein Reutlingen in 2019.
Sophie Reinhold (born 1981 in East Berlin) lives and works in Berlin. She studied painting at the Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, and at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. She responds in her typically humorous and satirical manner to her surroundings, creating subversive narratives of historical, social and moral themes. Reinhold's canvases feature sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract compositions, and by mixing marble powder into paint and sanding or cutting the canvas, she questions the boundaries of painting. Sculptural objects that are reminiscent of furniture subtly hint at the domestic, connecting the public with the private.
Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt was born in 1932 in Wurzen. After the war she left school and later worked as an office manager and saleswoman. In 1955 she married the artist Robert Rehfeldt. She found a job in the exhibition department of the Akademie der Künste. At the same time she painted and drew. In the 1970s Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt developed her "Typewritings". At about the same time Robert Rehfeldt was engaged in the production and distribution of Mail Art. Rehfeldt included works by his wife in his correspondence. This meant for Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt the entry into the development of her own network. In 1975 she was nominated for the Association of Visual Artists of the GDR and became a full member in 1978. In 1990 she stopped her artistic production. In the last few years a great interest in her work has developed. She has exhibited her works in numerous national and international exhibitions.