November 15, 2007—December 22, 2007 | Reception Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Bing Wright. The show will combine two distinct bodies of work that each gracefully captures the artist’s interest in the history of the medium. Through Wright’s formal process of distilling very specific subject matter, both the “Rose” and “Silver Print” series are a response to how photography has evolved aesthetically and technologically. While the two series are disparate, in each there is an investigation of the formal aspects of the medium – with references to the silver print and other photographic processes – but also wrestles with photography’s long history of manipulating reality into abstraction.
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.