Bill Wright’s Texas: Luminous Landscapes
Artist Reception | Thursday, July 11, 2024 | 6 pm
“Texas is renowned for its diverse and expansive landscapes, showcasing a remarkable array of natural features. From Gulf Coast beaches to stunning western mountain ranges, indigenous peoples’ cultural and historical imprints add depth and richness to the region’s story. From ranching to astronomy, the natural environment and the current culture of the Texas countryside attract me. All contribute to the diverse tapestry of the land, with parks and preserved areas providing a glimpse into the past. My goal is to use photography to interpret this incredible panorama.” – Bill Wright
In the early 20th century, painters continued to embrace the landscape. As photography gained acceptance as an art form, artists used the medium to create interpretations of the land through pictorialist effects and, later, through formal compositions of close-up, cropped views of the landscape. Even though the major artistic movements of the mid-20th century were no longer dominated by the landscape as a subject, the genre’s importance continued as artists responded to fears of increased industrialization.
In the second half of the 20th century, the definition of landscape was challenged and pressed to include concepts like urban landscapes, cultural landscapes, industrial landscapes, and landscape architecture. As concerns about our stewardship of the environment and a desire to recapture lost prairie and canyon vistas the popularity of so called pure landscape photography continues to evolve and rise in popularity. This exhibition by acclaimed photographer and Abilene native, Bill Wright is an extraordinary example of landscape photography that captures the awe and majesty of the Texas landscape ablaze with color, echoing the ancient beauty of natural landforms still responding to the rhythms of the natural world.