Very pleased to announce that two (2) major works of mine were recently purchased by The National Gallery of Canada and now are a part of their permanent collection. The works are from the Data Trespass series. Data Trespass: Illegal Photographs is a conceptual suite of panoramic photographic images that antagonize a recent Wyoming statute that makes outdoor photography an illegal and indictable form of data collection. Also acquired is a video work, similarly titled Data Trespass: Wyoming v. Wright, that derives its footage from a mock trial where I was prosecuted for my apparent contravention of the Wyoming ‘no photography’ law. More information about these works can be found here: Illegal Photographs and Data Trespass
When Buildings Take Pictures of Themselves
University of Westminster, Northwick Park, Metropolitan Line
ANDREW WRIGHT: DATA TRESPASS
11 MARCH 2016 – 10 APRIL 2016
London Gallery West is delighted to present works of acclaimed Canadian artist Andrew Wright. The artist’s international solo exhibition features a new London Gallery West commission; a large site-specific photographic installation that adorns the 24 windows of the glazed façade of the entrance to The Forum. This new work, titled Surge, was photographed in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, the most geo-thermically active location on the planet. Consisting of never–before–seen images of tumultuous geysers shot at night with high-powered flash, it presents unquantifiable detail while at the same time inviting a reconsideration of photography’s veracity. These images are a continuation and expansion of Wright’s Illuminated Landscapes series begun in 2001, and are reminiscent of his well-known Water’s Edge (2005), shot at the base of Niagara Falls. Using techniques drawn from the indoor photographic studio and applied to landscape, an overt artificiality characterizes large images that contain both complexities essentially impossible to depict or describe, even photographically, and areas of utter void and empty blackness.