Mark Peter Wright
11 September - 3 October 2015
Preview 10 September 6-8pm
Mark Peter Wright works across sound, video, assemblage and performance. His practice critically explores the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of capture: playfully and poignantly animating the rituals and constructs behind what he calls these "humanimentical" relations.
Wright’s work continually blends the poetic and political, fact and fiction, human and non-human in an attempt to collapse binary oppositions into a shared space of agitation and affirmation. His practice is typified by a long-standing focus on the auditory world and the material and ecological potentials of sound and listening. He is interested in disturbing aspects of preservation, place and subjectivity through an examination of agency, affect and media archaeologies.
Strange Strangers consists of all new sculptural works made from everyday materials, subjects and technologies associated with sound, music and Nature documentary tropes. The exhibition presents a set of hybrid representations at once familiar, humorous and monstrous. Wright’s use of materials extends beyond a formal appreciation of the object and instead strives to reveal the hidden constructs of power between humans and non-humans. His work utilizes technology and objects as sculptural components that are repurposed in order to trace eco-political relations. At the heart of Wright’s use of such materials is his desire to shift away from a human-centric appreciation of media. Instead he offers a parallel outlook that continually ties media, technology, music and films into the entangled world of non-human animal others.
It is through these amalgamated constructs that Wright develops a non-representational eco-aesthetic that is also highly referential to the world "we" inhabit. Strange Strangers therefore critically reflects upon the augmented relationship between humans and animals, whilst challenging the privileges afforded to anthropocentric legacies within media and audio-visual modes of representation.
Strange Strangers will be followed by a related solo exhibition at IMT Gallery (London) in October.
Mark Peter Wright (b. 1979) is an artist based in London and originally from North Yorkshire. His practice-based PhD was completed at CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice) University of the Arts, London and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is represented by IMT Gallery, London. www.markpeterwright.net
1.Humanimentical Prototype. 2015. microphone, cable, acoustic foam.
2.100,000BPY. 2015. drum, drumsticks, laser engraved drum skin.
3.Foleys 1. 2015. leather gloves, paper clips, masking tape, gravel.