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Jay Wright

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Assembling the World (Still #1), 2004 Film © Jay Wright
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Dog, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Los Alamos Entrance, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Original Yield, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Bike, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Bulldozer, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Double Cross, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Cemetary, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Snow, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Blizzard #1, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Los Alamos, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Stand, 1994 16mm © 1994
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Run, 2008 Digital © 2008
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Leaves, 2008 Digital © 2008
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Throw, 2008 Digital © 2008
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Bridge, 2008 Digital © 2008
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Outside, 2008 Digital © 2008
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Hide, 2008 Digital © 2008
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Cimbing the Hill, 2008 Digital © 2008
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Nick, 1994 Digital © 1994
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Nick with Number, 1994 Digital © 1994
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Nick@Nite, 1994 Digital © 1994
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Red Static, 1997 16mm © 1997
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Blue Circle, 1997 16mm © 1997
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Red Plastic, 1997 16mm © 1997
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Ice, 1997 16mm © 1997
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Blue Static, 1997 16mm © 1997
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Tower of Light, 2004 35mm © 2004
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Analogue, 2006 35mm © Jay Wright
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Dual, 2005 35mm © 2005
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Building Light, 2005 35mm © 2005
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Bridge #2, 2005 35mm © 2005
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Flare, 2005 35mm © 2005
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Hive, 2005 35mm © 2005
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Meter, 2005 35mm © 2005
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Tree Light, 2005 35mm © 2005
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PG&E Building, 2006 Photo 4'x6' © Jay Wright
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Leaves, 2005 35mm © 2005
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Animated World, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Beach Writing, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Water Noise, 2000 © 2000
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Converse In Water, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Yellow Fish, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Sea, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Turmoil, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Totem Rise, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Totem Wave, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Beach, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Fire Door Sea, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Fire, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Couch, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Moon Espresso
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Purple Yellow Fish, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Orbit, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Totem Wall, 2000 Digital © 2
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Ship, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Fire Door, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Real Fish, 2000 Digital © 2000
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Starfish, 2000 Guache 18 X 20 © Jay Wright
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Bleeding Fish, 2000 Guache 18 X 20 © Jay Wright
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
USA
Birth year
1972
Lives in
California
Works in
Internationally
Schools
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 1995, BFA Filmmaking
UC Berkeley (University of California Berkeley)
Representing galleries
Transat Video (FR), Clocktower Gallery (NY), V Tape (CAN), Montevideo (NL)
Tags
publication, Film installation, video-art, performance, surrealism, photography, digital, abstract, figurative, conceptual, exhibition/performance
Statement

Jay T. Wright (born 1972) is a filmmaker best known for showing in European video spaces and independent film festivals. His work synergizes theoretical mathscience and art. The argument in much of his work is about the generic quality of all mechanically or digitally manufactured images and ability or lack of ability to communicate content. This tension acts, in many of his films, as a competing motive and sometimes in direct conflict with any idea of narrative.

His first feature film, 'Assembling the World' (16mm, 1995), made when he was only 20 years old, follows cultures under the pressures of colonialism after the fall out of war in Taos Pueblo and Belfast and features the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico.

'The Color of Fish' (HD/DV 2001) examines string theory and the relationships of 'theories of everything' to the deep coded needs of the human mind. Made using simple desktop tools, the film can be seen as a precursor to shows like those on Toon's Adult Swim. It was nominated for a Guggenhiem Fellowship in 1999 and showed at MUNAL: Museo Nacional del Arte in Mexico City in the Biennial of Art and Poetry.

'Dreamtime' (Digital, 2007, Tous le Court) is an inner journey using 'throw away' digital technology to probe the environment and time and connections to meaning when images are deprived of any physical form. The film restates and questions the ideas embedded in Italian Neo-Realism and Cinema Verite in a digital world. 

Other short films have pushed back on notions about urban revitalization - Voyage In Blue (35mm, 2005, Cannes Short Film Corner); and examined forms of Japanese haiku and zen - FireStatic (16mm, 1998, Calcutta Film Festival). His film Purity (Digital, 2009) contains no images as a stance on image meaning and production.

Jay Wright's catalogue of fine arts films have shown at Cannes, PS1, Centre Pompidou, Transat Video, Museo Nacional del Arte (MUNAL), and New York MOMA, as well as film festivals and other galleries and events.  He was trained by alums the Cinema 16, Canyon Cinema, and Black Mountain College schools of alternative filmmaking.

Selected:

  • The Color of Fish
  • Assembling the World
  • Dreamtime
  • Voyage In Blue
  • FireStatic

Preview: Vimeo

Honors and Awards:

  • Cannes Short Film Corner, 2010
  • Crackle 'Pick of the Week' 2008
  • Cannes Short Film Corner, 2007
  • Biennial Invite, The Battery, Florence 2006
  • Reading: City Lights Bookstore 2004
  • Finalist, Sundance Laboratory 2003
  • Muestra Internacional de Video de Cadiz 2003
  • Biennial of Poetry and Video MUNAL (Museo de Nacional del Arte), Mexico City 2002
  • Shortlist, Sundance American Spectrums 2002
  • Best of Festival, Berkeley Film and Video Festival 2001
  • Best of Festival, Barcelona Indy Festival 2001
  • Most Original Film, Rome Independent Film Festival 2000
  • Guggenheim Nomination for Film 1998
  • Vatican Contemporary Museum 1998
  • Opening Film, Short Film Program, Calcutta International Film Festival 1998
Reviews:
  • FilmsON, Nick@Nite
  • Clicker, The Color of Fish

Complete Films:

Sounds: LastFM