Exhibition
March 3 - April 30, 2011

BRUCE WRIGHTON AT HOME

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present Bruce Wrighton: At Home, the most complete exhibition to date of Bruce Wrighton’s powerful and uniquely American color images taken between 1986 and 1988 in and around Binghamton, New York. Seventy prints, including street portraits, tavern interiors, courtrooms, church confessionals, and cityscapes, will be featured

In the two years prior to his death at age 38 in 1988, Bruce Wrighton photographed extensively near his home, using a cumbersome 8 x 10 inch tripod camera. He would ask the most ordinary of people, from a Woolworth shopper to a security guard, to pose for up to six minutes while he got everything in his viewfinder correct. Combining a strong sense of formal design with empathy for his subjects, he produced a singular body of work that is a unique document of a slice of America.

Binghamton was formerly a thriving industrial city. IBM was founded there. But by the 1980’s it had fallen on hard times. Bruce Wrighton sensitively captured its former dignity that to the casual onlooker would appear as merely worn out and tired. In the basement of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, proudly standing under a floating Christ figure, he discovered a 1955 Wurlitzer jukebox. Despite its age and broken glass, it still glowed its majestic blue and red lights, while offering tunes from the Beatles to Sinatra.

At the local Woolworth store, he photographed customers and sales clerks, including a woman in front of a red wall wearing a pink scarf and white coat with mismatched buttons. Inside the Union Hotel, he photographed once-charming bedrooms, where the rich patterns of the wallpaper, flooring and bedspread are Matisse-like in their juxtaposition. And while visiting the Salvation Army recreation room he photographed its quirky combination of pool cues and balls, orange sofa, portrait of Christ, and a handmade sign declaring NO POOL PLAYING NO TELEVISION SUNDAY.

Bruce Wrighton: At Home celebrates an outstanding but relatively unknown document of a time and place in America that has never completely vanished. Wrighton’s unique and potent feel for color is further revealed in a handsome limited-edition monograph with 80 full color reproductions that was recently published in Berlin and is now available in the United States for the first time.

Section 1  |   Section 2  |   Section 3

 


Downtown Man # 3, 1987
Binghamton, NY, 1987
16 x 20" c-print
Edition 20

 


Security Guard
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 



 Woman in Pink, Carnival
Johnson City, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print


Woman with LOVE T-Shirt and
Tattoo, Binghamton, NY, 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Man in Johnny Cash T-Shirt
Binghamton, NY, 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


Young Man
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Man in Leather Jacket, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Count at Home
Marathon, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


Dave
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 


Man with Rubber bands
Downtown Man # 2
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Man with Red Hat, Carnival
Johnson City, NY, 1987
16 x 20" c-print
Edition 20

 

 

 


Fred
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print
and 66 x 54" c-print, edition 10

 

 

Man with Pocket Pens
Binghamton, NY, 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 

Auxiliary Policeman
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

Young Man with Crucifix Earring
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


Man in University of Arizona
T-Shirt, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 


Woman with Balloon
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


Woman with Oversize Glasses
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print


Woman in Pink Sweatshirt
Binghamton, NY, 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


Woman at Church Supper
Candor, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


 


Woolworth Shopper
Binghamton, NY, 1987
16 x 20" c-print
Edition 20

 

 

 


Couple in Blue
Owego Fair, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

Go to Bruce Wrighton: At Home Section 2

 




Family Portrait
, Carnival, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


 



Publication

Bruce Wrighton, At Home
Published by Only Photography-Roland Angst, 2010.
Hardcover, 9 5/8 x 12 5/8", 128 pages, 81 color illustrations.
Limited edition of 500 copies
$200 plus tax and/or shipping.


For all orders outside North America please contact  Only Photography-Roland Angst directly.


Artist Information

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