Andrew Jeffrey Wright
Andrew Jeffrey Wright's Money

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright
Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s Money

August 4 – September 2, 2016

OPENING: Thursday, August 4 from 6-8pm
BOOK SIGNING: to be announced

The Hole is proud to present “Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s Money” a solo exhibition of photos by Philadelphia’s Andrew Jeffrey Wright. AJW makes all types of artworks, and communicates his diverse practice through zines. One of my favourites is called “Labs With Abs”, but that is for another show. In this exhibition we have one of his bodies of work that has appeared in his zines over the years; photos of money. And not just any money!  “Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s Money”, as in all the cash he has at the time.

Spoofing the genre of braggadocious money photos where 100s are spread in huge piles, spell out names, fan out around guns or drugs or ladies, these photos mostly have 1s and 5s and even coins, no guns and drugs, sometimes a lady, and, like, cats and trees and stuffed animals. An underground artist who is well known by artists but has yet to achieve commercial success in the same way as many of his peers, AJW has been taking these photos for 15 years capturing in this unique way a bit of what being a struggling artist looks like.

Maybe he DJs a party and there is a photo with about $340, maybe he has $93 and a pizza, maybe he is skint and has $13.25 on an ottoman. Who knows what he did to get over $800 in his underwear. The works are dated and it looks like 2010 was a pretty good year, 2014 too. Why does it feel so subversive to have your bank balance on view? Or rather to be a cash-only person without a bank balance at all? This struggle is a sharp contrast to the conspicuous luxury of the contemporary art market, and simultaneously it is uplifting to see humor, ingenuity, perseverance in a realm usually filled with greed, insecurity and competitiveness.

This exhibition is accompanied by a little catalogue and later this fall a comprehensive book by Delema Books with essay by Alex Baker. Catalogue signing to be announced! Catalogue and photos in the exhibition are cash only, so bring cash 🙂

For more information on the artist or artworks please email raymond@theholenyc.com

PLEASE NOTE OUR SUMMER HOURS!  MONDAYFRIDAY 12-7PM AND BY APPOINTMENT

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “In kitchen with weights”, 2000, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “In bathroom with gray bandana and sunglasses”, 2001, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew jeffrey Wright, “3 E.T.’s on bed”, 2001, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Money in between thighs and butt of body wrapped in bedspread”, 2002, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Holding money in front of wall of me and Barry’s art”, 2002, digital c-print, 36 x 24 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Swarthmore college woods wearing dearraindrop shirt”, 2003, digital c-print, 36 x 24 inches

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Andrew jeffrey Wright, “Money in underwear”, 2003, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Angry looking cat sitting on money”, 2003, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “3 new wave records”, 2003, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “In kitchen with knife on forearm”, 2003, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Baby hooded onesie”, 2004, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Little dog on floral comforter”, 2004, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Marvin and Garfield”, 2006, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “2 E.T.’s and green girl alien”, 2007, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “White trouble”, 2007, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Reserved for masturbation”, 2007, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Money robot on bed”, 2008, digital c-print, 36 x 24 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “The word money in hallway”, 2009, digital c-print, 36 x 24 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Rainbow cassettes”, 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Beanie babies”, 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Death masks and money”, 2007, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “3 legged dog on floor”, 2010, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright, “Buddy the cat with bird book”, 2014, digital c-print, 24 x 36 inches