• Gail Wight's Overview
        • Name:
          Gail Wight
        • Title:
          Associate Professor
        • Department:
          Art & Art History
        • Department Member:
          Yes
        • Areas of Specialization:
          Experimental media art, with a focus on art & science
        • Email:
          gailw@stanford.edu
        • Primary Phone:
          650-725-0132
        • Office Number (physical):
          100B Cummings Art Bldg.
        • Office Hours:
          W 3:00-4:00
        • Research Areas:

          Working primarily in sculpture, video, interactive media and print, I attempt to construct biological allegories that tease out the impacts of life sciences on the living: human, animal, and other. The interplay between  art and biology, theories of evolution, cognition and the animal state-of-being are themes that have, over the last two decades, become central to my art. Recently, my imagination has fixed on the topic of deep time. I find myself craving a better understanding of the unknowable past. I try to imagine ancient shorelines in desert patches and swamps covering barren plateaus. It seems so relevant, speeding along a freeway constructed of pulverized river beds and seashells. I’m looking for prolonged chords, where the deep past resonates in the present.

        • Short Bio:

          Gail Wight holds an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute where she was a Javits Fellow, and a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. She has an extensive international exhibition record, with over a dozen solo exhibits throughout North America and Great Britain, and her work has been collected by numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  Among her many artist residencies are western Australia’s Symbiotica, Art & Archaeology at Stonehenge, the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, and San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Her work is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco.

        • Additional Information/ Links:

          http://www.stanford.edu/~gailw

          http://www.patriciasweetowgallery.com/

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The French Ambassadors of King Henry II at the court of the English King Henry VIII

Oil on canvas

Holbein, Hans the Younger (1497-1543)

Photo credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007

Robert Dawson

Students shooting a project

Cupola

2006

Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

Matt Kahn