Exhibition

September 11 - October 25, 2008

BRUCE WRIGHTON THROUGH AN OPEN WINDOW 

 
Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present Bruce Wrighton:Through an Open Window,
the first comprehensive overview of Wrighton’s important yet relatively unknown career as
a documentary photographer.  This exhibition features fifty color photographs selected from three projects made in the mid-1980’s with an 8 x 10” camera in the vicinity of his home in Binghamton, New York: Street Portraits, Dinosaurs and Dreamboats, and St. George and the Dragon.

Street portraits is a powerful yet tender series that places Wrighton in the tradition of Eugene Atget, Lewis Hine, and August Sander.  It focuses on individuals and couples who were very much part of the working class, many of whom lived outside the mainstream of society. Carnival workers, a parking lot attendant, a security guard, were among the over 75 people that willingly agreed to pose as he composed their portraits with his cumbersome 8 x 10” camera. Each of them gave something of him or herself to Wrighton, who recorded their often bruised faces and tattered clothing with affection and respect.

Dinosaurs and Dreamboats celebrates the classic American cars of the 1950’s, juxtaposed with the older architecture of Binghamton. More than simply portraits of beautiful cars, these photographs transport the viewer back in time to an era when America was optimistic, upbeat, and full of swagger.  We see a lushly painted red and white ’58 DeSoto Firedome and a blue ’59 Ford Skyliner, among others.

St.George and the Dragon represents an investigation into the power of images and icons, both secular and sacred, that Wrighton discovered around Binghamton in taverns, churches, and homes. Whether it is a glowing Wurlitzer jukebox under a floating Christ figure from a church basement, or a bucolic lake scene with a fisherman in a boat, painted on an old barroom wall, Wrighton sought to better understand the power of icons and images and how they make us focus and transcend our everyday experiences.

Bruce Wrighton lived and worked in Binghamton, New York until his death in 1988 at the age of 38.

    

     Group 1   Bruce Wrighton Portraits   |   Group 2  Bruce Wrighton Interiors   |   Group 3 Cars

 

 


1958 Corvette
Curley's Bar & Grill
Johnson City, NY, c.1987
20 x 24" c-print, Edition 20

 


 
1955 Ford Sunliner
near Binghamton, NY, c.1987

20 x 24" c-print, Edition 20

 

 



1957 Buick Special Riviera 
Coupe, Mickey's Blue Haven
Johnson City, NY, c.1987
20 x 24" c-print, Edition 20

 


1953 Nash Rambler
Wilber's Jewelers
Johnson City, NY, c.1987
32 x 40" c-print, Edition 10

 

 

 


1959 Ford Skyliner
Johnson City, NY, c.1987
20 x 24" c-print, Edition 20

 

 

 


1958 DeSoto Firedome
J&S Texas Hots, c.1987
20 x 24" c-print, Edition 20

 

 

1950 Studebaker Champion
Binghamton, NY, c.1987
20 x 24" c-print, Edition 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to Section 1  Bruce Wrighton Portraits

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