Brent Wahl

2014 Pew Fellow

1/4: Brent Wahl, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/4: Brent Wahl, untitled, 2011, 50 x 39”, archival pigment print. Photo © Brent Wahl.
3/4: Brent Wahl, Love Note, 2013, 20 x 30”, archival pigment print. Photo © Brent Wahl.
4/4: Brent Wahl, At Odds with a Reflection, 2013, 20 x 30”, archival pigment print. Photo © Brent Wahl.

“Thinking about what a photographic image can consist of and where that can go is very exciting.”

Brent Wahl (b. 1968) works primarily in photography and time-based mediums, transforming everyday materials and detritus into mesmerizing compositions. “For over a decade, I have been fabricating and then photographing three-dimensional constructs that move through contextual, optical, and spatial shifts,” Wahl says. “I tend to use inauspicious materials and ephemeral matter (aluminum foil, tape, paper, wire, debris) as a way to bring to light the subtle ways these materials can quietly contribute to the shaping of poignant, liminal, and even sublime connotations.” The result is a body of work that has a unique and compelling presence. Wahl’s work has been widely exhibited, including five solo exhibitions at Vox Populi (Philadelphia) and group shows at the Tate Modern (London), the Institute for Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and Arcadia University (Glenside). He received his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a senior lecturer in photography and visual studies.


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