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Gregor Wright: Dinosaur Expert I'm Feeling Lucky
20 September 2014 until 2 November 2014
Centre for Contemporary Arts
Gregor Wright is an artist based in Glasgow. His work is informed by a variety of interests including science fiction narratives, early computer games, gambling culture, philosophy of mind and “a passing interest in the occult”. These interests, linked by the premises of chance, logic and fantasy, also guide the artist’s approach to making work, acting as indirect conditions for the production of paintings, sculpture, relief and installation. The result is a focused experimentation with materials and an expansive practice which explores meaning in relationship to colour, objects and external influences.
Wright’s work is often entirely abstract, combining line, colour and space with occasional representational references. As the title suggests, he is concerned with unsystematic processes typified by the notion of ‘luck’, exploring how ideas of chance and control might function within his compositions. At the same time, Wright is open to historical and formal triggers and many of his works are decisively planned and wrought.
In recent months, Wright has been working in a vast temporary studio space within an empty Victorian office complex on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, allowing his working process to spread out along a long corridor of rooms. For this show, Wright will present a new group of works borne out of this work space; life-sized foam figures, clay sculptures, dinosaurs, wall drawings, sculptural paintings and rubble; a prolific output of works exploring extinction, destruction, perception and intention.
“It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a façade of order – and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.” – Douglas Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence of Mind And Pattern.
As part of the exhibition programme of events, CCA will screen Bertrand Tavernier’s Death Watch, a lost cult classic now digitally restored. This Glasgow-set sci-fi film will be accompanied by an introduction from Gregor Wright.
Join the artist and CCA Assistant Curator Ainslie Roddick for a tour of the exhibition on Sun 19 October at 2pm.
Little Dinosaurs: Kids Workshop – Sat 4 October, 11am, CCA Galleries, Free, Ages 0-10.
On All Hallows’ Eve, CCA will host a symposium with special guest speakers exploring magic, the spirit world and the occult. As part of the event, Gregor Wright will be giving away specially commissioned t-shirts cast with protective spells. Fri 31 October, 7-9pm, Cinema, Free, All ages.