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Artist Andrew Wright has been preoccupied with using photography in traditional and decidedly non-traditional ways for over 25 years.
While photography feverishly promises to capture more, to remember more, and to substitute for more, it also continuously points out its own failures. Wright exploits this contradiction in his artistic practice by creating both conventional and idea-based works that seek to broaden the very definition of photography.
Wright has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In July of 2018 two of his works were purchased for the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and represents the first time his work was acquired by this prestigious national collection. His first solo exhibition in the U.K. took place in 2016 at London Gallery West of the University of Westminster. His work was also included in the sophomore issue of the Milan-based magazine, Mould, curated by Joan Foncuberta.
In August of 2014, Wright’s work was shown alongside work by Michael Snow, Iain Baxter&, Wanda Koop, Ed Burtynsky, Rebecca Belmore, Robert Youds, Isabelle Hayeur and others at the Xi’an Art Museum in central China. The exhibition traveled to Beijing's TODAY ART MUSEUM in January 2015.
In February of 2015, Wright had the honour of attending the official re-opening of Canada House, Canada's High Commission in London, where his works Eastern White Pines (2011) and Go Home Bay (2011) are installed permanently in the Robert Borden room.
Following Penumbra, a primary exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto and a mid-career survey, Selected Diptychs & Multiples at the Thames Art Gallery, and Pretty Lofty and Heavy All At Once at the Ottawa Art Gallery, a comprehensive catalog of Wright's work, with essays by scholars Carol Payne, Randy Innes, and curator Michelle Gewurtz, was published in April of 2016.
He has also exhibited at such venues as Presentation House, Vancouver, the University of California, Berkeley, Oakville Galleries, Photo Miami, and ARCO (Madrid). As an artist-in-residence, he has worked at the Banff Centre and Braziers International Artists Workshop (UK), and as a 'war artist,' with the Canadian Forces Artists Program aboard Canadian warship HMCS 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 grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for high resolution digital capture. He was the winner of the Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition (2001), and the recipient of grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, and the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund. He has received critical acclaim for his work in publications such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, and Maclean's Magazine.
In 2011 Wright won the inaugural Gattuso Prize at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. In 2007 he was named a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award.
Andrew Wright is an Associate Professor of Visual Art in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa
All content © by Andrew Wright 1999-2019. Images may only be reproduced with permission
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2016 Data Trespass | London Gallery West, University of Westminster, London, UK. Curated by Michael Maziere
2015 VIZ. | Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montréal
2015 Untitled Photographic Pictures | Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montréal Gallery Launch
2015 Andrew Wright: Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once | Ottawa Art Gallery, Canada. Curated by Ola Wlusek. Catalogue with texts by Carol Payne and Randy Innes.
2014 Andrew Wright: Selected Diptychs & Multiples | Thames Art Gallery, Canada
2013 Andrew Wright: Penumbra | University of Toronto Art Centre, a Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Primary Exhibition. Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein, text by Mark A. Cheetham
2013 Andrew Wright: Cloud Images | Winchester Galleries, Victoria B.C., Canada
2011 Coronae | Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa
2011 Coronae | Peak Gallery, Toronto (CONTACT feature exhibition. Gattuso Prize.
2011 Still Water | Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2009 Still Water | Peak Gallery, Toronto (CONTACT feature exhibition)
2008 Survey | Prefix Institute for Contemporary Art. Curated and text by Chantal Rousseau.
2007 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
2005 Photographs | Peak Gallery, Toronto
2004 Blind Man's Bluff | Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada
2004 University of California, Berkeley | Worth Ryder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Skies | Presentation House, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Helga Pakesaar.
2004 Blind Man's Bluff | Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Canada
2004 Branching Out: Sylvia Safdie and Andrew Wright (two person show) | Roam Contemporary, New York
2004 Blind Man's Bluff | Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Canada. Organized by and circulated by KW|AG. Curated by Allan Mackay. Catalogue essay by Robert Enright.
2003 Blind Man's Bluff and Other Fictions | Peak Gallery, 23 Morrow Ave. Toronto. Text by Virginia M. Eichhorn
2002 Home & Garden | Oakville Galleries, Toronto (Oakville), Canada. Curated by Marnie Fleming. Text by Kim Simon.
2002 Mises-en-scène | The Redhead Gallery., Toronto.
2001 148 Clouds | Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, Canada
2000 In Camera: The View from Here | Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada. Brochure essay by Jen Budney.
2000 The Red Head Gallery | Toronto, Ontario.
1999 The Plausible Impossibility of the Here & Now (Moving Picture) | Cambridge Library & Gallery, Brochure essay by Gordon Hatt.
G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S (selected)
2018 Kaleidoscope | 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, Ottawa City Hall Gallery.
2018 Àdisòkàmagan Nous Connaître un peu nous-mêmes We’ll All Become Stories | New Ottawa Art Gallery.Inaugural Exhibition. Cat.2018
2018 Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Project, McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton
2017 Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Project, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT
2016 The Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Project, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery.
with Dianne Bos, Lea Bucknell, Ernie Kroeger, Donald Lawrence, Kevin Schmidt & Holly Ward, Carsten Wirth, Andrew Wright
2016 Taehwa Eco-River Art Festival in Ulsan Metropolitan City, Korea.
2016 University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada
2016 Midnight Sun, Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia, Dianne Bos, Lea Bucknell, Ernie Kroeger, Donald Lawrence, Kevin Schmidt & Holly Ward, Carsten Wirth, Andrew Wright, Mike Yuhasz
2015 The World Inside, ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon.
2015 Under-exposed: Photographers of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe-Claire (Montréal).
2015 The Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art: The Inside and Outside of Being, TODAY Art Museum, Beijing
2015 The Camera Obscura Project: Optics, Learning, and Play in Canada's Wilderness and the North: Donald Lawrence, Dianne Bos, Kevin Schmidt, Ernie Kroeger, et al. Dawson City, Yukon.
2014 The Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art: The Inside and Outside of Being, Xian Art Museum, Shaanxi Province, China.
Curated by Yan Zhou, Yang Chao; Assistant Curator Christine Platt. Michael Snow, Andrew Wright, Rebecca Belmore, Robert Youds, Iain Baxter&, Wanda Koop, JeanFrançois Côté,
Edward Burtynsky, Isabelle Hayeur, Ron Benner, Bonnie Devine, Andy Patton, Jamelie Hassan, Gu Xiong, Jin Hua, Ed Pien.
2013 View: Jessica Auer, Thomas Kneubühler, Andrew Wright | Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2013 RCA New Members Exhibition | Winchester Galleries, Victoria, B.C.
2012 Gwang Hwa Mun International Art Festival | Seoul, Korea
2011 Preternatural / Surnaturel | Canadian Museum of Nature and other venues. Ottawa, Canada. Artists include: Sara Walko, Mariele Neudecker, Anna Katrine Senstad, Marie-Jeanne Musiol,
Adrian Göllner, Shin Il Kim, Avantika Bawa, Curated by Celina Jeffery.
2011 Viva Voce: 40th Anniversary of the Art & Art History Program | Blackwood Gallery | Curated by Shannon Anderson. Artists include: Dorian Fitzgerald, Alison Kobayashi, Richie Mehta,
Johnson Ngo, Betty Spackman, Denyse Thomasos, Carolyn Tripp, Jessica Vallentin, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Andrew Wright, Robert Zingone
2007 WintergARTen–Vogelfrei 7- | 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 Flourish | University of Windsor Alumni Works by: Andrew Wright, Suvi Kuisma, Mark Laliberte, Alana Bartol, Windsor, Canada
2006 Photo Miami | International Contemporary Art Fair For Photo-Based Art, Video & New Media
2006 Equinox: Tom Dean, Layla Curtis, Andrew Wright, Valerie Salez and Hannah Jickling, Max Streicher | Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto.
2006 Two Degrees of Separation | University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Canada (cat.)
2005 ARCO | Madrid International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain (cat.) Toronto International Art Fair | Metro Toronto Convention Centre (cat.).
2003 In The Light Of: Six Contemporary Artists Explore the Legacy of William Henry Fox Talbot Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery. Brochure essay by Dianne Bos.
2001 Commute | ARC Gallery, Chicago.
2001 Chronicles | Edward Day Gallery, Toronto.
2000 Braziers International Artist’s Workshop | Oxfordshire, UK. (catalogue)
2000 Redrospective: 10 years of The Red Head Gallery | Toronto. Catalogue essay by Jenifer Papararo.
1999 Welcome to Mitchell: 1999 Southwest Triennial | London Regional Art & Historical Museum, London, 1999 Canada. Curator: Andrew Hunter. (catalogue)
1999 PROOF6 | Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto. (brochure)
1997 Public Order: 1997 Southwest Triennial | Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada. Curator: Robin Metcalfe. Catalogue essay by Robin Metcalfe.
HONOURS & AWARDS
2017 CAO (Council of the Arts Ottawa) Mid-Career Artist Award Finalist
2016 Nominated for the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts
2016 Ontario Art Council Mid-Career Grant to Professional Visual Artists
2015 CAO (Council of the Arts Ottawa) Mid-Career Artist Award Finalist
2014 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant
2013 CAO (Council of the Arts Ottawa) Mid-Career Artist Award Finalist
2013 City of Ottawa Grant for Mid-Career Artists (jointly with Adrian Göllner)
2012 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
2011 Gattuso Prize, Most Outstanding Exhibition Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival,
2011 Canada Council for the Arts Mid-Career Grant to Professional Visual Artists
2011 Ontario Art Council Mid-Career Grant to Professional Visual Artists
2011 Nominated for the Sobey Art Award
2010 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Leaders Opportunity Fund Grant (with Catherine Richards & Lorraine Gilbert)
2009 Nominated for the Sobey Art Award
2008 Nominated for the Sobey Art Award
2008 Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards Nominee
2008 Ontario Arts Council: Spotlight Grant
2007 Sobey Art Award Semi-Finalist
2007 City of Waterloo Arts Sesquicentennial Award
2007 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2006 OAAG (Ontario Association of Art Galleries) Award, Multi-Media, for the publication Blind Man’s Bluff
2005 Nominated for the Sobey Art Award
2004 Ontario Volunteer Award, Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
2003 Nominated for the Sobey Art Award
2003 Canada Council Creation/Production Grant to Professional Emerging Artists
2002 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2001 Canada Council Creation/Production Grant to Professional Emerging Artists
2001 Winner Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition
2000 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant to Professional Visual Artists
2000 Canada Council Travel Grant
2000 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1999 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant to Professional Visual Artists
1999 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1998 Canada Council Creation/Production Grant to Professional Emerging Artists
1997 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1997 University of Windsor Summer Research Scholarship
1997 University of Windsor Tuition Scholarship
1993 Paul W. Fox Award, University of Toronto
1993 Margaret Laidlaw Scholarship, University of Toronto
1992 Hammerson Canada Inc. Scholarship, University of Toronto
1991 D.L. Stevenson Award in Painting, University of Toronto
1990 Kingston Arts Council Award
Biographie en français:
Dans sa pratique artistique, Andrew Wright emprunte aux formes traditionnelles et conceptuelles de l’art. Il utilise la photographie de manière résolument non conventionnelle, rejetant le lyrisme et les visées traditionnelles de la peinture au profit d’une approche exploratoire et évocatrice qu’il dit inspirée du « caractère ontologique des technologies optiques et des systèmes de représentation ». Depuis 2013, Wright présente son travail de façon successive lors de grandes expositions individuelles, dont : Penumbra, l’une des expositions majeures du Scotiabank contact Photography Festival de Toronto (2013) ; Selected Diptychs & Multiples à la Thames Art Gallery, Chatham (2014), Beau, noble et pesant tout à la fois à la Galerie d’art d’Ottawa (2015), et Tableaux photographiques non-titrés à la galerie Patrick Mikhail, Montréal (2015). En 2015, son travail est inclus dans la deuxième édition de la publication milanaise Mould, organisée par Joan Foncuberta.
Après l’obtention d’un baccalauréat en arts, conjointement de l’Université de Toronto et du collège Sheridan, et une maîtrise en arts de l’Université Windsor, Wright a participé à des expositions individuelles et de groupe dans des lieux de présentation au Canada et à l’étranger, tels : la Presen- tation House Gallery à Vancouver ; l’Université de Californie (University of California) à Berkeley; Oakville Galleries; Photo Miami; ARCO ’05 à Madrid ; Xi’an Art Museum, Chine ; le Today Art Museum, Beijing ; et la London Gallery West, r.-u..
Wright a aussi participé à des résidences d’artistes, notamment au Banff Centre et aux Braziers Workshop (r.-u.), et il a participé à titre d’« artiste de guerre » au Programme d’arts des Forces armées canadiennes à bord du ncsm Toronto. Il est le directeur artistique fondateur de Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (cafka). Wright a été maintes fois récompensé pour son travail, notamment en 2011 par le premier Gattuso Prize. Il a également été nommé semi- naliste pour le prix Sobey en 2007 et lauréat de la Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition en 2001.
Le travail de Wright est appuyé par des bourses du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (crsh), du Conseil des arts du Canada, du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, de la Ville d’Ottawa et du Waterloo Regional Arts Fund. Il est professeur agrégé d’arts visuels et directeur du département d’arts visuels de l’Université d’Ottawa.