William Wylie was born in 1957. For over thirty years his work has focused on the specifics of landscapes. He looks for the instances, both physical and psychological, that define associations between particular sites and the histories they represent. Driven by an interest in the concept of place, Wylie’s landscapes capture more than geographical locations: they dig beneath the surface to investigate “spatial practice,” which the artist describes as “our consumption of space as well as our movement through it.” The human body is often physically excluded from Wylie’s photographs; yet subtle clues—tire tracks, ropes, distant telephone poles—indicate the presence of humankind and draw attention to the ways in which we perceive, interact with, and shape a landscape over time.
William Wylie’s photographs and short films have been shown both nationally and internationally. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and Yale University Art Museum, among others. He has published four books of his work: Riverwalk, Stillwater, Carrara and Route 36. Two new books, Prairie and Pompeii Archive (The Possibility of Ruins) are scheduled for publication in 2018. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a VMFA Professional Fellowship and the Yale Gallery of Art’s Doran / LeWitt Fellowship in 2012 and 2014. He lives in Charlottesville where he teaches photography and is the Director of the Studio Art Department at the University of Virginia.