February 25, 2023 - October 08, 2023
Abstract Truth features art books and photographs by Preston Wadley, focusing on the themes of race, identity, local history, and the history of photography. The work is evidence of change, of historical revision and reflection on the connection to what has already been and an ever-evolving present. Wadley encourages viewers to engage with his work on more than just a visual level. Each book tells a story, and he wants you to listen.
Preston Wadley is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts, a beloved art educator and longstanding member of the local artistic scene, having taught in the area’s oldest art school. His incorporation of photography into book arts is both technically unique and conceptually rich; he is a philosopher at heart. This will be Wadley's most comprehensive solo exhibition to date.
“Abstract thinking is the ability to understand concepts that are real, such as truth, freedom or anxiety, but are not directly tied to physical objects and experiences. In other words, abstract thinking is the ability to absorb information and make connections to an expanded world. A primary goal of my art is to catalyze this type of intellectual activity as one engages the work.” –Preston Wadley, from his Artist Statement
Featured art: The Astounding Eyes of Rita, 2021. Image: Courtesy of the artist.
Bellevue Arts Museum and Preston Wadley