Such items range from prize-winning sandcastles to the packaging of sexual enhancement drugs prominently on display behind gas station register counters. The composite figures become allegorical through their associations. Their skin, when they have it, is produced from the building and erasing of projected images that he saves in his archive–forming reticular and neuromanced bodies that imply an ability to self-engineer as responses to the endless scroll of devices and information. They are ethereal and translucent bodies of projection and accumulation that reflect the images they absorb.
His most recent work collects images from the genre of Homo Bulla painting, where the image of figures as a bubble functions as a visual technology of memento mori. Woolbright also incorporates logos from financial consulting firms, cameras and phones, and product packaging, layering the vernacular imagery of contemporary society into his deeply complex visual language.
In addition, some of the largest canvases are extended through artist-made frames created from molds of harddrive parts. The frames serve as punctuation, amplifying and manifesting the intangible ideas suggested throughout the paintings. In addition to the harddrive parts, Woolbright also surrounds certain works with plexiglass and prints of his reference images, adding further context and assigning a mysterious sense of hierarchy and hinting at a parallel system of value throughout the series.
Andrew Paul Woolbright (b. 1986, Springfield, IL) received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris, FR; ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA; Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI; and the University of Illinois. Springfield, IL. Recent group exhibitions include Hesse Flatow, New York, NY; DeBoer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Microscope Gallery, New York, NY; The Hole, New York, NY; Zürcher Gallery, New York, NY; Wallplay, New York, NY; Coherent, Brussels, Belgium; Monaco, St. Louis, MO; and Baby Blue Gallery. Chicago, IL. Recent curatorial projects include The Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY; Super Dutchess, New York, NY; Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI. He has been an artist-in-residence at Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY; Greenwoods 2058 Artist Residency, Norfolk, CT; and Sharpe Walentas Studio Residency, Brooklyn, NY. Woolbright’s work is in the collection of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Woolbright currently lives and works in New York.
Gitte Maria Möller (b. 1991, Cape Town, South Africa) received her BFA from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Smith Studio, Cape Town, South Africa; and the Turbine Art Fair with Barnard Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. Recent group exhibitions include NADA Flea Market, New York, NY; Romance, Pittsburgh, PA; Galerie Eigen+Art, Cape Town, South Africa; A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa; WAF Galerie, Vienna, Austria; June, Berlin, Germany; The Fourth, Cape Town, South Africa; Gallery De-Move-On, Cape Town, South Africa; RK Gallery, Riebeeck Kasteel, South Africa; and Eclectica Print Gallery, Cape Town. Möller received the Judy Steinberg Painting Prize from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2015, and has been an artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. Her work is in the collection of the University of Cape Town. Möller lives and works in Cape Town.