Andrew Wright – APEX: Interloper | Intrus


Andrew Wright, Apex: Interloper | Intrus, 2020 (excerpt), 17 Digital Chromogenic Prints, 50×1224 inches overall, courtesy the artist


January 16 – March 29, 2020
Corridor 45|75, Rideau LRT

Andrew Wright
APEX: Interloper
2019 Karsh Award laureate

Corridor 45|75 is pleased to present its inaugural solo exhibition APEX: Interloper | Intrus by Karsh Award laureate Andrew Wright. Ottawa’s newest underground art space is in the public concourse of the new Rideau LRT station located at 45º25’34”N, 75º41’31”W

APEX: Interloper | Intrus consists of 11 of 17 photographs of a panoramic set shot in Apex, Nunavut, at 63°43’28.5”N 68°27’00.6”W. On public view in Ottawa, home to the largest population of Inuit outside Nunavut, this work spans 70 linear feet. The repeated and offset views seem to present a remote, picturesque and largely pristine environment. However, each segment contains either overt or subtle evidence of various incursions into and onto this landscape at the top of the world. Visible are the historic buildings of the Hudson Bay Company, established in 1670, military and public infrastructure, crisscrossing snowmobile trails, and endless horizons at the edge of the unknowable arctic landscape.

In her introduction to Northrup Frye’s The Bush Garden (1971), The Sugar Rush of the Sublime, Lisa Moore states: “Frye poses a terrifying conundrum: the refusal of the Canadian landscape to be fettered or framed or coaxed into submission by perspective or cliché. We cannot hide in a garrison from “out there.” The best we can do, Frye suggests, is look; but perhaps we need to squint. (…) We hold the terror of the unknown at bay long enough to make art of it.”

APEX: Interloper | Intrus coincides with another exhibition by Karsh Award laureate Andrew Wright. FILMTRACK 4 A SOUND: SUITE KURELEK DE FIALA at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa City Hall runs January 23 to March 15, 2020. An opening reception will be held Thursday, January 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Opening remarks by Mayor Jim Watson will begin at 5:40 pm.

Artist Andrew Wright creates works in many media and has been preoccupied with using photography in traditional and decidedly non-traditional ways for over 25 years.

Wright has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad with shows in the U.S., the U.K., the E.U., Korea and China. He has exhibited at such venues as the London Gallery West; the Polygon Gallery, Vancouver; the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the University of California, Berkeley; Oakville Galleries; and the Today Art Museum, Beijing.

His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the X’i’an Art Museum in China, the City of Ottawa, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the University of Toronto, the Ottawa Art Gallery, Canada’s High Commission in London at Canada House and private collections around the world.

A six-time nominee for the Sobey Art Award, Wright was a semi-finalist in 2007. In 2011, Wright won the inaugural Gattuso Prize at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. His work has been curated by Joan Fontcuberta and he has shown alongside artists such as Michael Snow, Iain Baxter&, Ed Burtynsky, Rebecca Belmore and Kelly Mark.

Andrew Wright is an Associate Professor of Visual Art and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.

Corridor 45|75
Rideau Station, O-Train Confederation Line LRT
West Concourse – Level 2 (accessible through the Sussex and Rideau entrance)

Opening hours coincide with the O-Train Line 1 operating hours:
Monday to Thursday: 5 am to 1 am
Friday: 5 am to 2 am
Saturday: 6 am to 2 am
Sunday and holidays: 8 am to 11 pm
Free admission to the exhibition space through the Sussex Dr. and Rideau St. entrance
Wheelchair accessible

Contact c/o
Karsh-Masson Gallery
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 (14167)
TTY 613-580-2401