MICHAEL GARLINGTON and ART BY JONNY
OPENING RECEPTION | FRIDAY | APRIL 5 | 2013 | 5PM-LATE | 21+ |
Presented by 111 MINNA GALLERY | Space: Entire venue | Open to the Public |
CONSTRUCTED REALITIES by MICHAEL GARLINGTON in the 2ND ST Gallery
JONNY’S, STAY CALM in the Zappa Gallery
With Special Guest Band EL RADIO FANTASTIQUE http://elradiofantastique.com/
The work of photographer Michael Garlington has been described as “David Lynch meets Leave it to Beaver.”
Michael Garlington is an internationally renowned photographer, artist and sculptor who resides and works in his hometown of Petaluma, California. For inspiration and his love of discovery, exploration and the simple treasures of the unknown, Garlington has spent many of his creative years on the road. Roads traveled on, over and beyond in his beloved, Photo Car, a vehicular visual diary on wheels created fittingly on the exterior of his Volkswagan van. From this mobile portfolio, Michael chronicled what he saw as the underbelly of America melding with the common people of society, which he photographically documented as his own dream like fairy tales.
Recently while in Europe, he spent an entire year shooting and printing portraits with another Photo Car that he built in Germany. Michael’s earliest introduction to photography came from his parents who operated a black and white photo lab in San Francisco. After many years of taking photographs, Michael learned to print in his parent’s lab. With his inspiration and experience solidified, Michael expressed a longing to communicate the visions he felt were locked in his mind to people in the outside world. Through his understanding and utilization of portraiture, he feels that he’s finally allowed the world to see his visions freely.
As he continued working, he refined his signature style while building and showcasing an impressive body of work comprised of portraiture, which then gave way to his sculptural practices in the creation of hand made frames, unique to each portrait, that serve as individual doorways into each photograph.
In his main promotional image for the exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, “Play Boy Bunny On Balloon Horse” Garlington places a woman on a horse made entirely of balloons as if she’s floating up to the sky, while the look in her eye harkens to a timeless longing that tantalizes the viewers imagination.
For his approaching exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, Michael Garlington has created a site specific sculptural installation inspired by the gates of hell called, “The Gates of Minna.” This twelve-foot archway made up of hundreds of plaster relics will fittingly be erected around the interior of the galleries iconic red entry door.
Michael Garlington is an acclaimed Northern California photographer and master printer. He began shooting his own images while working at Spindler Photography, a high-end lab in San Francisco that caters to the finest photographers working today. His work has been purchased by Yale, Dartmouth and countless private collectors.
CV – 2012 | Ego Project | Burning Man
2011 | Solo Show | Hammerfriar Gallery | Healdsburg CA
2010 | Solo Show – PHOTOHOUSE Installation | SF Camera Work | SF CA 2009 | Solo Show | Gallery 291 | SF CA
2008 | Solo Show | Kimball Jenkins | New Hampshire
2008 | Solo Show | POVevolving Gallery | LA CA 2007 | Photo Car Exhibit | 2006 | Photo Car Exhibit | LA CA
2006 | Solo Show | 111 Minna Gallery | SF CA
2005 | Published Book: Portraits From The Belly of the Whale
2005 | Photography Installation | LA CA
2004 | Photography Installation | NY NY
2003 | Solo Show | Stephen Cohen Gallery | LA CA
2002 | Photography Installation | NY NY
2001 | Solo Show| Barry Singer Gallery | Petaluma CA
WHO IS JONNY???
A strutter of the streets. A suitcase-seller of stories. ‘Most stories are told in black and white; good, evil. I think it helps the viewer see clear distinctions. We all want to relate to something. In a world of color, black and white kinda stand out.
He paints like a tree exploding through all of its seasons, in the blink of a camera shutter. If you’ve ever burped and whistled at the same time, you may begin to understand a bit of his personality.
“I try to work out the chaos of my communication, with a scientific approach… blind-folded in the dark.”
Nostalgic, a romantic and delusional, Jonny’s latest works encompass all of these qualities and more.
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