Newly Opened Emblematick Cabinet
"... On sheet no. 14 of his ‘Newly Opened Emblematick Cabinet’, Wolf von Waldow’s linear precision evokes various phases of man between life and death. As if representing a modern cycle of life, six men grouped around a transistor radio enact different dance poses like frozen stills inside a revolving zoetrope from the pioneering days of cinema, creating the illusion of sequential movement. But the cheerful occasion is spoiled by the isolation of each participant inside his own urn-like container, by the physical handicap of a figure limping on a wooden leg and by a skeleton that has joined in the dancing. This modern memento mori is also being photographed by a figure on the outside. Von Waldow has thus created an allegory for the hermetic information system of our unfeeling yet sensationalist media-driven society."
Claus Mewes (excerpt from his catalogue essay in: „connections – Zeichnungen Hamburger Künstler und Künstlerinnen“, 1996)