ESSENTIAL PROJECTS SERIES LAUNCHES FEATURING ANDREW WRIGHT
ESSENTIAL PROJECTS: 001
FEBRUARY 17 TO MARCH 5, 2011
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
2 P.M. TO 6 P.M.
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative entitled the ESSENTIAL PROJECTS series. For it’s inaugural presentation, the gallery will feature PMG artist ANDREW WRIGHT in ESSENTIAL PROJECTS: 001, STILL WATER.
In addition to the gallery’s continuing program of curated exhibitions and solo presentations, the ESSENTIAL PROJECTS series will showcase a range of one-time and ongoing art projects, curatorial and artist collaborations, off-site projects, and new media initiatives and interventions.
The STILL WATER project is a prelude to the launch of a new body of work by Mr. Wright entitled CORONAE set to launch at Patrick Mikhail Gallery from March 9 to April 9, 2011. The exhibition will then travel to Toronto’s PEAK GALLERY as a featured exhibition in the 2011 CONTACT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL.
ABOUT STILL WATER
In STILL WATER, his new photo-sculptural series, Andrew Wright continues his interest in probing the way in which imaging technologies mediate meaning. Wright has explored antique optical devices, such as the camera obscura, as well as contemporary electronic strategies to question conventional approaches to image making and interpretation. His subjects vary, but they often take on traditional tropes (landscape, portraiture, the natural world, the cinema) to create perceptual bridges that examine the very conditions of image production. The artist sees the seemingly inevitable demise of traditional photographic techniques as problematic, and the beginning of a void. Therefore, photographic “blackness” has become increasingly important in his investigations.
Using images of an endless waterfall at night, Wright’s Still Water posits an experience of the photographic that sits mid-way between picture plane and object in the round. The photographs are simultaneously recognizable representations that make use of perspectival space, and two-dimensional images of pattern and hue that occupy the real space of the viewer. They become forms of the here and now while referring to an uncertain elsewhere.
ABOUT ANDREW WRIGHT
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, in Spain, Germany, the U.S., the U.K., as well as 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 being the winner of the Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Prize in 2001. He 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. 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. He is represented in Canada by Ottawa’s Patrick Mikhail Gallery, and Toronto’s Peak Gallery.