PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY PRESENTS CORONAE, AN EXHIBITION OF NEW WORKS BY ANDREW WRIGHT
MARCH 9 TO APRIL 9, 2011
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
5:30 P.M. TO 9 P.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY is pleased to present CORONAE, an exhibition of new works by photo-based conceptual artist ANDREW WRIGHT.
In CORONAE, Andrew Wright continues his investigation into current and historical photographic technologies, and interrogates their use in describing the environments that comprise the world around us. This new series of large-scale works takes up and challenges conventional understandings and uses of photographic materials, procedures, and functions, and contributes to the contemporary discourse on photography. Wright’s lustrous and at times indeterminant images present paradoxical references to the macroscopic and microscopic, as well as photographic realms as disparate as interstellar space and the cellular. In part an homage to, and questioning of, the tradition of camera-less image production, the works function to challenge the ways we perceive and recognize shape and form—and, in a contemporary context, advance the notions associated with Gestalt theories of perception and visual organization. By employing multiple photographic technologies and optics, Wright’s CORONAE deconstructs and reconstructs images that sit on the edge of possibility, encouraging us to look at the overlooked, find energy in the void, and feel the movement, time, and space of an intangible landscape.
Andrew Wright’s artistic practice is multifarious and is characterized by breadth as much as it is by depth. Central to his inquiries are lens-based technologies and photographic techniques. His work functions as a series of visual inquiries at the heart of a practice that is exploratory and experimental. With interests in perception, photographic structures and technologies, and the ways we relate to an essentially mediated and primarily visual world, Wright employs simple phenomena to reinterpret, reinvestigate, and re-present.
Andrew Wright's work has appeared in exhibitions across Canada, Spain, Germany, the U.S., and the U.K. Essays, reviews, and illustrated discourses have appeared in publications such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, PREFIX PHOTO, The National Post, and the Globe and Mail. His works are in private and corporate collections, as well as in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ernst & Young, Royal Bank of Canada, and Museums London. He has been nominated for the Sobey Art Award five times and was a semi-finalist in 2007. Other honours include an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, and the Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Prize in 2001. He has received grants from numerous funding organizations including the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Wright has a Masters of Fine Arts, Concentration in Sculpture, Photography and Installation, from the University of Windsor; an Honours Bachelor of Art, Visual Art and Art History, from the University of Toronto; and a Diploma in Studio Art, from Sheridan College. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.
ANDREW WRIGHT WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN THE REALIZATION OF THIS PROJECT.