Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Andrew Wright wins BMW Prize

The BMW prize of $5,000 acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in CONTACT 2011. The jury, Sheyi Bankale, (Editor and Founder, Next Level Magazine, London) and David Liss, (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto) considered both Open and Featured exhibitions for this prize and made their decision based on the caliber and concept of the work, the curatorial vision, and the overall impact of the exhibition. On Tuesday May 31 at the festival closing party Andrew Wright was presented with this inaugural award.

Andrew Wright’s innovative new body of work entitled CORONAE presented at Peak Gallery continues his investigation into photographic technologies by interrogating how they depict environments and the world around us. This series of large-scale works contributes to contemporary discourses on cameraless photography, challenging conventional understandings about materials, procedures, and functions.

Andrew Wright's 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. Wright's use of photography is decidedly non-conventional as it eschews lyricism and traditional pictorial aims. His conceptual and lens-based practice also involves 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. Andrew Wright is represented in Canada by Peak Gallery in Toronto and by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa. He is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at the University of Ottawa.

Andrew Wright, Corona #5 (detail), 2011, Courtesy of Peak Gallery