Bing Wright: "Broken Mirror/Evening Sky"

May 8, 2013—June 16, 2013 | Reception Thursday, May 8th, 5:30 to 7:30PM

James Harris Gallery is pleased to present Broken Mirror/Evening Sky, a new series of striking landscape photographs by New York based artist Bing Wright.  Departing from his usual pared down images in grey palettes, Wright offers us moving skyscape photographs of richly colored sunsets reflected onto broken mirrors.  This new body of work marks his  return to color photography in almost a decade.   

The images are meticulously constructed through a combination of traditional documentary landscape photograph and the subtle manipulation of an image in the studio.   Wright photographs sunsets, then projects the images onto mirrors he has broken in the studio.  The mirrors are small, only 14 x 11 inches.  The artist re-photographs the reflection and then enlarges the image into a large scale format.   This beautiful series incorporates Wright’s recurring themes of abstraction and representation – a contrast he masterfully balances by grounding these shards of images into a bold structure.  While more abstract than some of his earlier works, the composition carries a narrative that enables the viewer to collectively experience the beauty of the sunsets the artist has captured, while facilitating individual interpretation of the emotion they imbue.  We are presented with pictorial images, fragmented and in disrepair - a reminder that everything beautiful is flawed and imperfect.  Bing’s signature large format lends these images symmetry and exact composition, giving them a majestic quality. 

Bing Wright has work in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and other institutions.   He is also represented by the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.   

"Broken Mirror/Evening Sky(Kodachrome)" 2012
“Broken Mirror/Evening Sky(Agfachrome)” 2012
“Broken Mirror/Evening Sky(Kodachrome)” 2012
"Broken Mirror/Evening Sky (E-6)" 2012
"Broken Mirror/Evening Sky(C-22)" 2012

Bing Wright

Wright has always been fascinated by the correlation between the photo and a mirror, both being silver based picture planes. At the beginning of his artistic career, Wright was exposed to the potential of the medium by John Szarkowski’s legendary exhibition Mirror and Windows in 1978, which reconstructed the framework of the photographic image as a two-dimensional pictorial surface into a conceptual space. With a postmodern perspective of the photographic image, the medium expanded into diverse practices that continue to reorient our relationship to photography. 

 Bing Wright was born in Seattle in 1958 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Columbia University, New York. His work been shown in exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; White Columns, New York; the Queens Museum of Art, New York; and the Tang Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, among others. His work is in several public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase Bank, and Citigroup. Wright recently curated an exhibition of 1970s photography from the collection of the Washington Art Consortium. He lives and works in New York City.