My work uses the book as an iconographic artifact, purely visual, in which the image, structure, and materials are the content. Although they may not have pages that turn or work like books we are accustomed to. They have escaped their expected function. The physical presence of a book speaks to knowledge preserved and communicated. Despite having no written text my work is an attempt to provide a close, intimate, and unique conversation with the viewer. They are the embodiment of what books mean to us, they actually are what they purport to be about. The work is evidence of change, a type of historical revision, a Pentimento, reflecting on the connection to what has already been, and an ever-evolving present. The pieces are composed of a variety of media, and the surfaces are primarily rusted iron.
Preston Wadley is an artist and educator working in Washington State. He received his MFA from the University of Washington and currently teaches classes in drawing and photography at 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 made an east coast debut at Enfoco this spring. In addition to his exhibit at CPW this year Wadley’s work will be exhibited at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR. Preston is the recipient of numerous awards, including a New Works Award from En Foco, a NEA Goodwill Games Arts Festival grant, an Artists in the City grant from the Seattle Arts Commission, and Teacher of the Year from Cornish College. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington and completed a residency here at CPW in the summer of 2005. His work has been published in Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle Times, and Artweek.