In CORONAE, artist Andrew Wright continues his investigation into photographic technologies by interrogating how they depict environments and the world around us. This new series of large-scale works contributes to contemporary discourses on cameraless photography, challenging conventional understandings about materials, procedures, and functions. These images–a literal puncturing of photographic film–destabilize the viewer’s perception of ground as space. Without a reference point, the viewer’s sense of scale is disrupted and they are left unable to position themselves within an intangible environment.
It is unclear whether the series conveys a “figure” within a field as vast as outer space, or as minuscule as the prick of a pin. Wright’s indeterminate images simultaneously refer to the macroscopic and microscopic, to both interstellar space and cellular forms. In part relating to Gestalt theory, this work questions the very nature of perception and the way that the essence of a shape is recognized by the senses. By employing multiple photographic technologies and optics, Wright constructs images that sit on the edge of possibility. His work encourages the viewer to find energy in the void, and experience movement, time, and space within an unknowable landscape.