Approved: 16.08.2006

Roald Max Vollmer

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Vollmer's work grows out of his experiences of living now in the 21st century in a troubled, uncertain world, with the awareness of living in a Europe that grew out of violence and calm, and in a country in which he did not grow up: an advantage, as it enables him to perceive life here as well as in his own country with the unaccustomed eyes of a stranger. Hence political aspects – taking

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Art historical research
  • Categories: Book Works, Drawing, Installation, Photography
 

Biography

Vollmer's work grows out of his experiences of living now in the 21st century in a troubled, uncertain world, with the awareness of living in a Europe that grew out of violence and calm, and in a country in which he did not grow up: an advantage, as it enables him to perceive life here as well as in his own country with the unaccustomed eyes of a stranger. Hence political aspects – taking 'political' in a wide sense – inform most of his more recent work: questions of power, of knowledge, of ethics in art and art practice. An edited transcript of a discussion with Vollmer about these questions has been published at https://artandpower2008.wordpress.com/artist/ .

CV & Education

Publication:

2013 –Ein ungewöhnliches Familienporträt: Julius Mildes Aquarell Die Familie Duncker – Kerner bei der Abendunterhaltung (1832). In: Nordelbingen 82 (2013) 139-144.

Exhibitions:

2008 – fragments / Brocken (Art and Power), intervention/installation/performance, School of English / Workshop Theatre , University of Leeds http://artandpower2008.wordpress.com/artist/

2005 – Die Bücherstube des Dr. R.M.V. / The Cabinet of Dr. R.M.V., installation/performance, co-ordinates, Salts Mill, Saltaire, W Yorkshire

2003 – Die Bücherstube des Dr. R.M.V. / The Cabinet of Dr. R.M.V., installation/performance, The School of Art, University of Leeds, Leeds

2001 – I perceive that I will be delivered, intervention/installation/performance, The Old Courthouse, Thirsk/North Yorkshire

2000 – encounters, Port of Tyne, performance/intervention/installation, International Ferry Terminal, Port of Tyne, 2000 (Artist of the year commission)

2000 – MAZE, intervention/installation/performance, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (commission)

2000 – Reading Room with Knowledge Shelter, intervention/installation, private house, Leeds

1999 – A Christmas Pudding for Henry, intervention/installation, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

1999 – Notes From Underground, Dostoyevsky Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

1998 – newcontemporaries98, installation, Liverpool, London, Newcastle upon Tyne

1998 – Exile, intervention/installation, Dean Clough, Halifax

1997 – Exile I, intervention/installation, private house, Leeds

1996 – Cortège, intervention/installation, private house, Germany

 

Qualifications and training:

1997 – BA Hons, Fine Art, Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds

1994 – Diploma in Ceramics, Harrogate College, Harrogate

1975 – PhD, Isotope Geochemistry, Fed. Inst. of Technol, Zürich

1969 – Diploma (M.A.) in Geology, University of Munich