Wet Glass IV
23-1/4 x 19-1/2 inches
Courtesy of Lucas Schoormans Gallery, NYC
|Bing Wright was born in Seattle and is a New York-based photographer. His work has been exhibited widely including at the Queens Museum of Art, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, Lipton Owens Company, Pace Wildenstein McGill, Julie Saul Gallery, Amy Lipton Gallery, White Columns, (all in New York); Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Rena Branston Gallery, San Francisco; Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle. He is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
Wet Windows are part of what Wright considers his first body of work. Begun in 1988 they recast Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass as an eye open onto the world:
'Looking out a window has a lot to do with looking inside,' Wright suggests, and with
this series he's found a way to layer both views.
...Dispensing with the window frame, he did a series of wet-glass photos in his studio
that were at once literal and abstract: a random pattern of drops that appear to be
on the pale gray photo surface itself, conflating illusion and reality. A later group
of pictures...distill the original rainy window image even further by moving closer
in on the wet glass, which is now strategically streaked with water rather than dotted.
Here the melancholy metaphor is more overt: the moisture looks like tears.
[From catalogue essay by Vince Aletti: Bing Wright: Photographs, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, 2000]