Chicago-based artist Monika Wulfers ’68 showcases her light installations

Feb 02, 2016

North Central College presents the three-dimensional light artwork of Chicago-based artist Monika Wulfers, a 1968 graduate of North Central, in her exhibit “Monika Wulfers LINES,” Feb. 5 through March 27.

The free exhibit will be displayed in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Wulfers will greet visitors at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5; complimentary refreshments will be served.

“Monika Wulfers LINES” explores the idea that truth is found in the object itself, not in our perception of the object. She creates the exhibit using light tubes filled with argon-mercury that are suspended over the ground. Though the tubes are of equal length, the angle of the viewer alters their appearance. The truth of the tube length is found in the object itself, not in the viewer’s perception of it.

German-born, Wulfers carried a double major in philosophy and sociology and anthropology at North Central College. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the resident artist at Argonne National Laboratory. Wulfers has exhibited her work both locally and internationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Goethe Institute Chicago; The Kemper Collection, Chicago; Elmhurst Art Museum; University of California, Riverside; Museum of West Bohemia, Czech Republic; and Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

“My light tubes outline three-dimensional polygons. Installations are improvisational, and each work is unique every time it is ‘performed.’ Viewers are invited to enter the work and become part of it.”

Wulfers “explores the concept of line in striking, minimal sculptures and paintings,” remarked the David Bruno Gallery, which represents the artist. “The depiction demands the examination of the relationship of the viewer to the line and the line as an artificial object of space. Placement, scale and mathematical concepts relating to objects in space are an important part of her work.” To learn more visit

North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Gas, Advanced Data Technologies, Savant Capital Management, USG Corporation, Monarch Landing, Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, DuPage Foundation and Naperville Development Partnership.