Preston Wadley

Preston Wadley


June 24 – August 20, 2006

Pentimento – the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.

My work uses the book as a purely visual iconographic artifact, in which it is the image, structure, and materials are that are the content. Although their pages may not turn or act like the traditional books we are accustomed to, they are about the very essence of what books mean to us. They have escaped their expected function.

The simple physical presence of a book speaks to knowledge preserved and communicated. Despite the absence of written text, my work is an attempt to provide a close, warm, and unique conversation with an individual. My books are evidence of change, a type of historical revision – a “Pentimento”, reflecting on the connection to what has already been, and an ever-evolving present.

Preston Wadley is an artist and educator working in Washington State. He received his MFA from the University of Washington and is currently a professor at the Cornish College of Art in Seattle, WA. His work has been shown extensively in galleries across Washington, including G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, and debuted on the east coast at En Foco in NYC this spring. In addition to his exhibit at CPW this year, Wadley’s work will be exhibited at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR in November. Preston is the recipient of a NEA Goodwill Games Arts Festival grant, a Seattle Arts Commission grant, and Teacher of the Year award from Cornish College. His work has been published in Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle Times, and Artweek. He completed a residency here at CPW in the summer of 2005.