Artists

Eleanor Wright

b. 1984 London, UK –  lives and works in Düsseldorf, DE and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Works

'On Some Motifs (paravant)', 2017, maple wood, brass, 180cm x 60cm x 210cm. Installation view, 'Warming Up', Petra Rinck Galerie, 2017

'On Some Motifs (paravant)', 2017, maple wood, brass, 180cm x 60cm x 210cm. Installation view, 'Warming Up', Petra Rinck Galerie, 2017

'Gradual Stiffening (Rea)', 2017, digital slide-show, plywood. Installation view, 'Warming Up', Petra Rinck Galerie, 2017

'Gradual Stiffening (Rea)', 2017, digital slide-show, plywood. Installation view, 'Warming Up', Petra Rinck Galerie, 2017

'Gradual Stiffening (Rea)', detail, 2017, digital slide-show, plywood.

'Gradual Stiffening (Mentis)', 2017, custom made rope (natural dyed cotton), glazed ceramic, birch plywood, 56 x 50 x 24cm. Installation view, 'Choreography', Arcade, 2017

'Gradual Stiffening (Mentis)', 2017, custom made rope (natural dyed cotton), glazed ceramic, birch plywood, 56 x 50 x 24cm. Installation view, 'Choreography', Arcade, 2017

'Gradual Stiffening (Mentis)', 2017, custom made rope (natural dyed cotton), glazed ceramic, birch plywood, 56 x 50 x 24cm. Installation view, 'Choreography', Arcade, 2017

'Catcher Pressure Pusher', 2016, set design for Giles Bailey and CIRCA projects' 'World is Sudden', felt, lighting rigs, coloured tape, various dimensions. Installation view, Berwick Film and Media Festival, 2016

'Catcher Pressure Pusher', 2016, featuring performance by Kathryn Elkin. Installation view, Berwick Film and Media Festival, 2016

'Catcher Pressure Pusher', 2016, featuring performance by Giles Bailey. Installation view, Berwick Film and Media Festival, 2016

'Roßstraße 68 (learning from Ella Steigleman)', 2016, fabric spray paint on cotton voile, direct print on fabric mesh, fitted curtains, various dimensions. Installation view, Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer, 2016

'On Some Motifs (hanging)', 2016, felt, copper, polyamide door handles, 250cm x 400cm. Installation view, 'Drop City Centre', Laing Art Museum, 2016

'On Some Motifs (hanging)', 2016, felt, copper, polyamide door handles, 190cm x 250cm. Installation view, Rundgang, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 2017

bio

Eleanor Wright studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She lives and works between Düsseldorf, Germany and Newcastle, UK. Mobility and immersion within specific cultures and places are embedded within her practice, with recent artist residencies, fellowships and international travel awards including The British School at Athens Visual Artist Fellowship; Cove Park, Scotland; and the Duveen (University College London) and BxNU Institute (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art) Travel Scholarships. Her research has been generously supported through The Elephant Trust; a year-long fellowship with BxNU Institute, Newcastle; and the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC) at Durham University. She is the recipient of The Kenneth Armitage Foundation Young Sculptors Award.

Recent exhibitions and projects include ARCOmadrid 2017 with Drop City, winning the Premio Opening Award for best booth; ’Catcher Pressure Pusher’, commissioned by CIRCA Projects; ‘So’, Mauve, Vienna; ‘Roßstraße 68 (learning from Ella Steigleman)’, Drop City, Düsseldorf; ‘Continuous Material’, Durham Castle Museum (reviewed in Mousse Magazine); and the group show ‘Switch’, curated by Phyllida Barlow, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (reviewed in Frieze).

In 2017, Wright will show at M HKA, Antwerp alongside the launch of the artists’ publication ‘An Athens City Reader’.

A central topic in Wright’s work is the exploration of architecture and the question as to what architecture can be; in relation to the body, and its role in the materialising of culture. As such, Wright’s work not only references architecture but also design and textiles. These interrelated areas – embedded in similar economies of time – result in a practice that resists classification as model, furniture, sculpture, installation or (fabric) pattern design. Instead, her work accentuates the dialogic potential of material, place and interaction.

Education

2015/16

Guest student of Prof. Rita McBride, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

2008/10

MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art, London

2004/07

Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

Selected Awards, Fellowships and Residencies

2017

PREMIO OPENING PRIZE ARCOmadrid
Award for best booth in the young galleries OPENING section

2017

LODGERS, M HKA, Drop City in residence, in collaboration with AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium

2016

Publication Funding, The Elephant Trust, London

2016

Artist Residency, Villa Ruffieux, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

2016

Arts Bursary / Artist in Residence, The British School of Archeology at Athens

2015

Artist Residency, Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

2014

Research & Development Award, The Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC), Durham University

2014

Time and Space Residency, Metal Culture, Chalkwell Hall, Southend-on-Sea

2012–13

Warwick Stafford Research Fellow, BALTIC x Northumbria University Institute of Contemporary Art (BxNU)

2013

BxNU travel grant, Baku, Azerbaijan

2012

Studio residency, East London Printmakers

2010

Duveen Travel Scholarship, travel bursary to United States

2010

The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, Young Sculptors Award, first prize

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2016

Roßstraße 68 (Ella Steigleman), Drop City, Düsseldorf, Germany

2015

Continuous Material, Durham Castle World Heritage Site commission, Durham and Drop City, Newcastle

2014

Soft Start, The Northern Charter, Newcastle
Exhibition project including reading group, publication and screening programme.

2013

Thin Cities, Gallery North, BALTIC x Northumbria University Institute of Contemporary Art, Newcastle

2013

Tuned Cities , BALTIC Project Space, Newcastle

2013

Performance for the Carillon Bells, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

LODGERS, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

2017

Warming Up, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

2017

CHOREOGRAPHY, Arcade Gallery (curated by Paul Becker), London, UK

2017

OPENING section at ARCOmadrid with Drop City (curated by Juan Canela and Stefanie Hessler), Madrid, Spain.
Awarded PREMIO OPENING PRIZE for best booth in the young galleries OPENING section

2016

Catcher Pressure Pusher, commissioned by Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects, UK

2016

Drop City Centre, Laing Art Gallery & Museum, Newcastle

2016

Rundgang, class of Prof. Rita McBride, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

2015

So, Drop City, Wien at MAUVE - Verein für ästhetisch-theoretischen Dialog in der bildenden Kunst, Vienna

2015

Graphics Interchange Format: 25 Years of Focal Point Gallery, Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea

2015

Foam, NGCA, Sunderland

2015

The Other Side, CAC, London

2015

The Art Lending Library, NGCA, Sunderland

2014

From me flows what you call time, Weston Atrium, Goldsmiths, London

2014

Urban Alchemy (curated by Laura Rushton), AIRspace, Liverpool

2012

Switch (curated by Phyllida Barlow), BALTIC Project Space, Newcastle

2012

Summer Exhibition, (by invitation) Royal Academy, London

2012

Formless (curated by Luke McCreadie), The Old Police Station, London

Selected Publications

2015

Continuous Material, published by Drop City

2014

Soft Start, published with AND Public, London

2013

Thin Cities, published by BALTICxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, Newcastle

2011

American Mountains - Greenway, produced during residency at and published by Grand Union, Birmingham

Selected Press and Articles

2015

ATP Diary, interview with Matteo Mottin

2015

Mousse, review by Thomas Hopkin

2013

This is tomorrow, review by Josh Wilson

2012

Frieze, review by Shama Khanna

See website of Eleanor Wright

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