Curator and artist Chris Wiley with exhibition artists Ellen Carey, Ryan Foerster and Josh Tonsfeldt will give a tour of Part Picture, exploring alternative processes in lens- based practices.
Ellen Carey is an internationally recognized photo-based artist and uses a large-format Polaroid 20x24 camera to create her well-known Pulls and site-specific installations. Considered a pioneer in the cameraless photogram and lens-based Polaroid photographic and contemporary art field, Carey is also an independent scholar, writing under her practice Pictus & Writ in the tradition of artist-on-artist. Carey lives and works in Connecticut.
Ryan Foerster embraces chance and the transformative effects of time, weather, and other organic processes in the making of his abstract photographs, typically placing light-sensitive paper on the ground outdoors for extended periods of time or covering the paper with dirt, leaves or food scraps. His multidisciplinary exhibitions often include a combination of sculptures, films/videos, and handmade ‘zines. Foerster received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He was born in Newmarket, Ontario, and now lives and works in New York.
Chris Wiley has made photographs that depict vernacular architecture, particularly in the Los Angeles area. His latest series, titled Dingbats, emphasizes the physical qualities of the images by framing them in discordant materials like industrial carpeting, stucco, and vinyl flooring. Wiley draws connections between image and object while maintaining the seemingly arbitrary nature of the conflations.
Wylie has written essays for numerous exhibition catalogues, and is a regular contributor to Frieze, artforum.com, and Kaleidoscope, where he is also an editor-at-large. He has worked on numerous exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, was an assistant curator on the 8th Gwangju Biennial, and served as a curatorial advisor and head catalogue writer for “The Encyclopedic Palace” at the 55th Venice Biennale. His work has been presented in recent exhibitions at Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris and MoMA PS1, New York. Wiley holds a BA in photography and art history from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in contemporary art theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He lives and works in New York.