Chris Wainwright works primarily through photography and video as a means of addressing issues related to light and energy, both natural and artificial, in urban and rural environments. The work is made as a direct response to ‘place’ and is often the result of an intervention, a temporary action or construction made for the camera as a unique form of witness for the recording of light. Wainwright is interested in the cause and effect relationship between urban and depopulated spaces and the way light is deployed as a form of illumination, communication, invasion and pollution. In particular his work addresses the pressing issues of climate change and how we ashumans through our lifestyles and increasing demands for energy are leaving a potentially catastrophic legacy for our future generations.
The title, A Catalogue of Errors, is derived from the semaphore signal for ‘Error’. He has been working with semaphore as a semi-obsolete signalling system for a number of years and incorporating it into a series of photographic performances and actions. These works are made at night and sited adjacent to places where there have been natural disasters or sites of environmental fragility caused by human intervention and exploitation of resources. The work in this exhibition has mostly been made in the Tohoku region in Japan both before and after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. he more recent work has been made directly in coastal areas that have been severely affected by the events of March 2011.
Image: Error, Ishinomaki, 2012, Ink Jet Print © Chris Wainwright
Private View: 6-8pm, 16 May 2013
Talk: 25 June 2013, 6pm-7pm
This talk will be given by the artist, Chris Wainwright and Yusaku Imamura, Director, Tokyo Wonder Site
Free but booking is essential at www.dajf.org.uk/bookin