October 22, 2009
The Work of Photographer Gunther Cartwright at Webster University’s May Gallery
The work of Photographer Gunther Cartwright is presented at Webster University’s May Gallery. Cartwright's powerful images of the structural elements of bridges, buildings, highways, fences and storage containers examine the formal relationships of line, form and color in the industrial landscape. For Cartwright, the highly engineered equipment of our modern environment has become the subject of a bold and graphic aesthetic. Approaching his subjects as richly detailed arrangements, he emphasizes their forms through the skillful manipulation of scale and intense color. In the resulting juxtapositions of element against element and color against color, Cartwright suggests the sophisticated and often beautiful patterns of a manufactured world and rewrites them as a timely and incisive commentary on our culture. As he celebrates the signs and vistas of industrial creation and invention, he alludes to a modern alliance of man, machine and art. Like the American Precisionists of the 1920's, Cartwright clarifies for us the geometrical structures of the machine age and provides us with a crisp new perspective of our Industrial Culture.
When: Nov. 6–25, 2009
Opening reception Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday
May Photography Gallery, Sverdrup Building
Webster University, 8300 Big Bend Blvd., 2nd Floor
Free and open to the public
246-7673 or www.webster.edu/maygallery
Cartwright holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the renowned Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He is currently an Associate Professor of Applied Photography and Photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. An active lecturer and exhibitor, Cartwright has made many presentations throughout Europe and the United States. He is a recipient of a Polaroid Corporation Photographer's Grant and New York State Council on the Arts Public service Grant. He has exhibited internationally in many one-man and group shows, including exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; the National Museum of Photography, Bradford, England; The Photographer's Gallery, London, England; the Photokina, Köln, Germany --- Georgette Lee, Exhibition Curator and the Joseph & Emily Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University.