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

 



Untitled
Upstate New York, 1986
20 x 24" c-print
Edition 20

 



Tony Texas Hots, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 



 Assembly of God Church, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print


Union Hotel
Binghamton, NY, 1986

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Untitled (tavern), 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


Untitled, (room with bible), 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Clouds Restaurant
Broome County Airport, 1985
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 


 


Confessional, St. Stanislaus
Koska Church
Binghamton, NY, 1986
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


Corner of Chenango and
Eldridge Streets, Looking Southwest
Binghamton, NY 1986
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 


Untitled (hallway), 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Tioga Courthouse
Owego, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


Untitled (file room/ladder), 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print


 

Untitled (mirror), 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


Curley's Bar and Grill
Johnson City, NY, 1986
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

Mr. Ron's Topless Club, 1986
(dancer's room)
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


Mr. Ron's Topless Club, 1987
(stage)
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Downtown Binghamton Looking South
Binghamton, NY, 1986
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


 



V-Drive In
Festal, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print


Paddy's Alehouse
Binghamton, NY, 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


Greyhound Bus Station
Binghamton, NY, 1986

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


Icon Screen, Virgin Mary
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Binghamton, NY, 1985
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Basement, Holy Trinity Greek
Orthodox Church
Binghamton, NY, 1986
66 x 54" c-print, printed 2008
Edition 10

 





Untitled (lawyer's room), 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 


Living Room with Radio, 1987
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 


Untitled, (entrance to main court), 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

Yonda's Bar
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

Paddy's Ale House
Binghamton, NY, 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print


 

 
Royal Doors
& Icons in Storage
St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Johnson City, NY, 1986
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

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 Recreation Room, Salvation Army
Binghamton, NY, 1986

16 x 20" c-print
Edition 20


 


Storage, Sacred Heart Ukranian

Orthodox Church
Johnson City, NY, 1986
16 x 20" c-print
Edition 20

 

 

 

 


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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