Published on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
The words give life to looks, attitudes, expressions, appearances. The delicate portraits, like an evanescent cloud gently lean against the walls of the gallery. The two floors of the exhibition space are redundant with words, which are not confusing or annoying but on the contrary, harmoniously create unexpected forms. The exhibition at the Woolff Gallery is dedicated to a young artist from Cambridgeshire, Annemarie Wright (1979). Here she presents a series of portraits displaying celebrities of our time, past or present, plus a few cityscapes of London. The feelings and emotions that the characters have aroused in the artist become words that shape the look, the face, eventually the portrait. The cloud of her thoughts outlines itself in her works by expressing a personal manner of handwriting. The simple black and white portraits, painted with ink on paper, only later are revealed to be formed from words.
The fun part consists in the attempt of recognizing the subject portrayed. The world used us as an excuse to go mad (2010) represents four guys from Liverpool; Andy Warhol is the protagonist of I like boring thinks (2010) and Margaret Thatcher takes center stage in The lady is not for turning (2011). The artist is renowned for the provocative portrait of Tony Blair, Their families have been told (2011) created by writing the names of fallen British soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, prompting disappointment for having associated the names of the victims to the executioner. The latter work is part of the series -art Scandals that rocked the world as well as They shouldn't be restless (2010), where the Twin Towers are created using the names of the victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11. In the same series also Finding Neverland can be found (2011), in which the portrait of Michael Jackson is formed from the names of children believed to have suffered abuse from the rock star. The value of these works lies, as well as in the harmony and delicacy of composition, also in uploading a strong symbolic writing. The idea of writing seems to be at the centre of the entire artistís work. Condemned to a troubled history, to be forgotten and gone under silence, writing has made a comeback and itís been for some time at the centre of the interests of our culture. An example is French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who made a philosophy out of the analysis of writing. Writing, in the work of Wraith, becomes a body and, as such, it conveys both a concept and a gesture. In her works writing appears thinner, other times thicker and, together with the text breaks, creates penumbra.
The faces portrayed this way give a physicality to words. The trace of the graphic sign announces and recalls. Writing with physicality, have a volume, effects and emanations, not limited to seduction, therefore, to express a concept, but is capable of expressing the expression of a face.
show visited on March, the 24th, 2011
From March the 25th to May the 14th, 2011
London, Woolff gallery
89 Charlotte St, London, W1T 4PU
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