1988-90 Royal College of Art, London, MA 1982-85 Central Saint Martins, London, BA
Mark Wright is a painter, curator and academic. A founding member of gallery and artist studio cooperative, Cubitt Artists, he has exhibited widely throughout the UK.
A painter who is used to the two-dimensional plane, for Cure3 Wright has embraced the challenge to work in the third dimension by adding an additional ash cube with painted surfaces. Panorama is a unique work that is heavy in physical presence and rich in references; “The work Panorama explores my interest in recurring themes in the imagery of art, science and photomicrography, that reflect shared ‘structural intuitions’ about the seen and unseen worlds of nature. As a result abstract and organic forms are key visual elements in my drawings and paintings. Painting has always engaged with different visual processes, key among these are photography, film and more recently digital imaging. How images are sourced and created from astronomy to microscopy, help to define the aesthetic concerns within my work, including Panorama.”
There are three key points of reference for Wight in Panorama; Vija Celmins’ ‘To Fix the Image in Memory’, 1977-82; William Turnbull’s poster from 1951 for the iconic show at the ICA centred around D’Arcy Thompsons seminal book Growth and Form; and Charles and Ray Eames’ film and related book ‘The Powers of Ten’, 1968. “I hope this work, painted on a 16.5cm square ash cube, encapsulates the sense of mystery and insight I felt on viewing the three inspirational works.”