September 20 - November 4, 2000
The Robin Rice Gallery announces a solo exhibition of photography by Micheal McLaughlin. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday September 20, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The show runs through November 4.
In Micheal McLaughlin’s recent work, which glories in the unique beauty and timelessness of place, a sense of uncanny bemusement lurks. On the road for six or more months a year shooting, McLaughlin confronts the kind of detachment brought on by frequent travel with a series of pictures that suggests the idea that eden exists wherever one happens to be. Taken in locations as far away as India and England, and as close to home as Cleveland and Atlantic City, these images expose the extraordinary character and resonance of the places they document.
Atlantic City, the invitational piece, presents a head-on encounter with the quintessential, modest, single family house. Immaculate and trimmed in white shingles, it’s an indisputable haven of domesticity made odd by its proximity to a looming water tower, unexpectedly beaming with a large smiley face. In West Bengal, a strong sense of immanence pervades as passengers in single file slowly board an airplane. This everyday activity appears otherwise as the plane’s dark tail and wing jut overhead, piercing a hot, bright sky.
Micheal McLaughlin was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has worked as a commercial photographer in New York City since 1987, with work appearing in magazines including Esquire, ESPN and The Fast Company, and in advertising campaigns for Volkswagen, Nike and IBM. Since 1993 he has shown in several group shows at the Robin Rice Gallery. This is his second solo show with The Robin Rice Gallery.