Standing Wave #4, from the series Water's Edge
Photography; Inkjet Print, 2007
Andrew Wright is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been photographing subjects at night for the past 7 years. He has worked towards a particular kind of imagery that both identifies and challenges conventional uses and understandings of photographic practice. He creates images that sit on the edge of possibility—ones that are rife with the plenitudes of realistic detail and, at the same time, full of the potential energy of their own collapse—“a kind of wished-for uncertainty”
Partly as a result of a stint as a war artist aboard the HMCS Toronto in the North Atlantic in 2005, Wright turns his attention to water in this series, entitled "Water's Edge." These raw images of North America’s largest standing waves probe both fiction and reality. They are images of near impossible complexity that engulf, astound, and confound.
Shot precipitously close to the rapids of the Niagara gorge (Wright required a specially trained police escort to accompany him) and against dark grounds, these waters are perceptually removed from their real world context. The contradictions abound: standing waves are both static and dynamic; scale is confused as what can appear as miniaturized is in fact many meters tall; chaos and randomness appear to be at once organized in front of Wright’s lens.
His practice is one wherein images laud, reveal and question the conditions of their making. He continues to choose subject matter that is either minimal or barely existing or subjects that contain a staggeringly overwhelming fullness. His photographs of natural settings are objects and places that at first appear pure and unadulterated by human intervention. The imposition of artificial light not only serves to reveal and illuminate but renders the subject’s overt naturalism suspect. The descriptive visual plenty provided by the light serves, at the same time, to throw the image’s veracity into question.
Mark Cheetham, "Water's Edge," Border Crossings Magazine, Issue No. 103, Fall 2007
Standing Wave #4, from the series Water's Edge
Photography; Inkjet Print, 2007
||20" x 13.3"
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b. Cambridge, UK, 1971
Andrew Wright is an artist who lives and works in Ottawa, Canada and is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at the University of Ottawa.
His work is described as multi-tiered inquiries into the nature of perception, photographic structures and technologies, and the ways we relate to an essentially mediated and primarily visual world. The this end, he has produced sculpture, film, installation, outdoor works and prints that probe phenomena, narrative, antique and contemporary technologies.
He has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions at the University of California, Berkeley, Oakville Galleries, Photo Miami, Roam Contemporary (New York), ARCO '05 (Madrid), Presentation House, Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Calgary, to name a few. He has also participated in residencies including the Banff Centre and Braziers Workshop (U.K.), and as a 'war artist' with the Canadian Forces Artist Program aboard Canadian warship H.M.C.S. Toronto. He is the founding Artistic Director for Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA).
Wright is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2010 he was awarded a sizeable grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for high resolution digital capture. In 2001 he was the winner of the Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Waterloo Regional Arts Fund, and the Ontario Arts Council. He has received critical acclaim for his work in publications such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, and The Globe & Mail.
He has been nominated six times for the $50,000 Sobey Art Award, Canada's highest honour for an artist under 40. In 2007, he was named a semi-finalist for the award. He was also nominated for the prestigous Karsh Award in Photography in 2010.
- MFA, University of Windsor, Canada, 1997
- BA, University of Toronto, 1994
- Diploma in Studio Art, Sheridan College, Oakville, 1994
Andrew Wright is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa.
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Canada Council Art Bank
- Concord Adex Development Corporation
- Ernst & Young
- The City of Kitchener
- Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
- Private Collections
- Forthcoming: Travelling Exhibition, Thames Art Gallery | Chatham Cultural Centre, Canada, 2013
- Forthcoming: Coronae (working title), Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa; Peak Gallery, Toronto (CONTACT feature exhibition), 2011
- Still Water, Peak Gallery, Toronto (CONTACT feature exhibition), 2009
- Survey, Prefix Institute for Contemporary Art. Curated and text by Chantal Rousseau, 2008
- Falling Water, Prefix Photo 16 (Commissioned series for Prefix Photo Magazine), 2007
- Water's Edge, Peak Gallery, Toronto (CONTACT feature exhibition), 2007
- Passages, Cambridge Galleries, Andrew Wright & Lisa Klapstock (two person exhibition), Cambridge, Canada. Curated by Ivan Jurakic, 2007
- Blind Man's Bluff, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada, 2007
- Photographs, Peak Gallery, Toronto, 2005
- Blind Man's Bluff, Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada; University of California, Berkeley; Worth Ryder Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Canada; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Canada, (Organized by and circulated by KW|AG, Curated by Allan Mackay. Catalogue essay by Robert Enright), 2004
- Skies, Presentation House, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Helga Pakesaar, 2004
- Preternatural / Surnaturel, Curated by Celina Jeffery. Multiples venues, Ottawa, Canada, 2011
- The Triumph of the Therapeutic, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, 2010
- Primer, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, 2010
- Microcosm, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, 2009
- Death by Chocolate, Online exhibition with Stefan Rose: www.deathbychocolate.org, 2008
- WintergARTen–Vogelfrei 7-, Art Discoveries in Private Gardens, Darmstadt, Germany, 2007
- Toronto International Art Fair, Art Discoveries in Private Gardens, Darmstadt, Germany, 2007
- WoodLot: The 3rd KW|AG Biennial, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Curated by Sally McKay, 2007
- Image & Apparatus, Museum London: Andrew Wright, Dianne Bos, Donald Lawrence, & Arnold Koroshegyi, 2007
- AAHLUMINIEX, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada, 2007
- Photo Miami, International Contemporary Art Fair For Photo-Based Art, Video & New Media, 2006
- Sobey Art Award Semi-Finalist: 2007
- Nominated for the Sobey Art Award: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards Nominee: 2005, 2008
- City of Waterloo Arts Sesquicentennial Award: 2007
- OAAG (Ontario Association of Art Galleries) Award, Multi-Media, for the publication Blind Man’s Bluff: 2006
- Ontario Volunteer Award, Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat: 2004
- Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition: Winner: 2001
- Canada Council Creation/Production Grant to Professional Emerging Artists. Years Awarded: 2003, 2001, 1998
- Ontario Arts Council: Spotlight Grant: 2008
- Ontario Art Council Mid-Career Grant to Professional Visual Artists: 2001
- Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant to Professional Visual Artists. Years Awarded: 1999, 2000
- Canada Council Travel Grant: 2000
- Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant. Years Awarded: 2007, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1997
- Finalist Selection 97, Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York City: 1997
- University of Windsor Summer Research Scholarship: 1997
- University of Windsor Tuition Scholarship: 1997
- Paul W. Fox Award, University of Toronto: 1993
- Margaret Laidlaw Scholarship, University of Toronto: 1993
- Hammerson Canada Inc. Scholarship, University of Toronto: 1992
- D.L. Stevenson Award in Painting, University of Toronto: 1991
- Kingston Arts Council Award: 1990
For a complete listing including Publications, Bibliography and Commissions, please download Andrew Wright's full resume.