Opening reception: Friday, October 20th | 5:30–7:30pm
Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to present In Situ: Traces of Morandi, an exhibition of new photographic works by Catherine Wagner.
In Situ: Traces of Morandi is the culmination of a two-year residency in Bologna, Italy where Catherine Wagner had the rare opportunity to work in the studio of Giorgio Morandi. Museo Morandi and MAMbo have invited other contemporary artists to make works inspired by Morandi at MAMbo including Tacita Dean and Rachel Whiteread. Wagner was able to study Morandi's process and his still lifes while working in situ at his studio and constructed installations with the objects specifically to be photographed. Wagner abstracted these forms both formally and conceptually using colored gels that correspond to the spare but present colors often overlooked in his paintings. She further abstracted the subjects through repetition and the ephemeral nature of shadows. In photographing an inherently immaterial, intangible interaction with light, Wagner made ethereal images in which solid objects appear elusive, caught in the vibratory aura at the edge of a shadow. Anglim Gilbert will present a selection of works from Wagner’s one-person show at MAMbo which was open from March 25 - October 8, 2017.
California artist Catherine Wagner has observed and photographed the systems within contemporary culture for over thirty years. Working internationally, she focuses on the cultural constructs in both their physical and symbolic manifestations. Her images insightfully examine environments from museums and science labs to private homes and Disneyland. Recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships and the Artadia Award, her works are in major public and private collections, including the LA County Museum of Art, SFMOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, and the MFA Houston. Publications of her work include American Classroom, Art & Science: Investigating Matter and Cross Sections.
In Situ: Traces of Morandi was made in collaboration with Museo Morandi and MAMbo and curated by Giusi Vecchi. Wagner will be present during the opening reception, signing copies of the fully illustrated catalog that accompanies the exhibition.