Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present a show of new work by Joerg Dressler and Mike Wright opening on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the gallery’s exhibit space at 423 Commercial St. Drinks and refreshments will be served; the gallery is open to the public and free. The show will be on view through August 24.
Provincetown sculptor Mike Wright, who creates abstract assemblages of found painted wood, is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant winner and was represented in a couple of extraordinary group exhibitions this year of sculpture by different artists that was constructed from the same kind of material: “Wood as Muse,” at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Mass., and “Art Inspired by a Presidential Home,” a JFK Hyannis Museum invitational that was on view at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. These shows followed two major solo exhibitions that were surveys of Wright’s work over the last few decades: “Re:Make,” at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in 2015 and “From the Sea,” at St. Botolph Club in Boston in 2016.
For her new show at the Alden Gallery, Wright is presenting a new series of wall sculptures called “Color Field.” Says Wright: “The point of using found wood is that, as debris, it seems unpromising. But that lack of promise is also its appeal—the peeling paint, the color scrubbed by salty waves, sand or human use. My principal parameter is that the wood must be found in Provincetown. The second is not to paint that wood, because its patina is impossible to duplicate.”