June 18, 2015
Press Release - Bryan Whitney "Obscure Structures"
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BRYAN WHITNEY
Obscure Structures


June 26 - August 9, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, June 26th 5:00-7:00 PM


David Richard Gallery, LLC
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
p505-983-9555
www.DavidRichardGallery.com



Photographs of Abstract Architectural Forms by New York Artist Bryan Whitney presented in His First Solo Exhibition at David Richard Gallery

David Richard Gallery will present its first exhibition of photographs by New York-based photographer Bryan Whitney. The exhibition of large black and white images, “Obscure Structures”, will be presented June 26 through August 9, 2015. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, June 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and a gallery discussion moderated by Kathryn M. Davis of ArtBeat Radio on Saturday, June 27 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The gallery is located at 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

The series of photographs in “Obscure Structures” explores haunting and abstract architectural forms that seem to exist in a parallel universe. These enigmatic structures were captured over years of travel throughout America, and reveal a love for obscure vernacular architecture. Each soft and ethereal “day-for-night” image was captured on large format negative film using a “zone plate”, an extremely simple optic similar to a pinhole. The structures are transformed from their common utilitarian function of storing road salt, burning wood chips or treating waste water into a menagerie of mysterious anthropomorphic characters that inhabit a twilight world where imagination and abstraction freely combine.

Bryan Whitney is a fine art photographer from New York who specializes in installation work and alternative imaging techniques, including x-rays, 3-D and lens-less photography. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Psychology of Art, holds a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University and was the recipient of a Fulbright lecture grant. Whitney’s work has been exhibited in galleries in the US and internationally and featured in numerous publications. In addition to traveling the globe for special projects for various museums, he teaches photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.

David Richard Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric and hard-edge painting, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism and Conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.

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