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Overview

Bruce Wrighton's artistic career consists of 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 PortraitsDinosaurs 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.

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.

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Biography

Born on July 6th, 1950, in Ithaca, New York

Died on October 3rd, 1988 in Binghamton, New York

 

Education

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY , Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, 1972

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 1977-78

 

Exhibitions

2018     "Saint George and the Dragon", Laurence Miller Gallery, New York

2015    "At Home ", Portrait(s), Festival de photographie de Vichy, France

2014    "Downtown Men", Brass, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York

2014    "At Home", Brass, Centre culturel de Forest, Bruxelles

2013    "At Home", Les Douches La Galerie, Paris

            "At Home. Les années Reagan", L’été photographique de Lectoure

2011    "At Home", Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC

2010    "L'Amérique des années 80", Les Douches la Galerie, Paris

2009    Only Photography, Berlin

“OJOS PRIVADOS, Coleccion Laurence Miller”, Barcelona, and traveling to Oviedo, Almeria, and Vallodolid, Spain

2008    “Through and Open Window”, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC

2007    “The Joy of Color”, group exhibition, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC

2006    “Dinosaurs and Dreamboats”, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC

“Dinosaurs and Dreamboats”, CWJ Classic Automobile Museum, Bernardsville, New Jersey

2005    “Bruce Wrighton: A Photographic View of Greater Binghamton Architecture”, Binghamton Visitor Center, Binghamton, NY

1998    “Counter Culture”, group exhibition, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC

1991    “Seven Visions: The Spirit of Religion in Contemporary Regional Art”, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY,  and Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton, NY

1990    “Courthouse Dome and Other Binghamton Views: An Exhibition of Bruce Wrighton”

Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton, NY

1989    “A Portrait of Binghamton: The Photographs of Bruce Wrighton”, City Hall Gallery, Binghamton, NY

1988    “Interiors”, Upstate Invitational at Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY

            “Saint George and the Dragon”, 92nd Street Y Gallery, NYC

1987    “Saint George and the Dragon”, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, Ga

            “Saint George and the Dragon”, Lightwork Gallery, Syracuse, NY

“Dinosaurs and Dreamboats” (study of 1950’s Detroit auto design), Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

            “Goddesses and their Offspring”, Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

1986    “Hunter to Farmer”, Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

            “Architectural Perspectives: Binghamton, NY”, Broome County Urban Cultural Park

“Doxology” (Study of iconography of the ethnic churches in Broome County), Tioga City Council of the Arts

1985    “Starting Over, Ethnic Communities in Broome County”, Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

            “Folk Artists of the Southern Tier”, Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

1984    “Threaded Memories”, Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

1983    “Three Generations, Immigrants and Their Children in Broome County”, Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

1982    “Three Families, Kinship and Ethnicity in Broome County”, Roberson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY

 

Publications

Broome County Heritage, Larry Bothwell, 1984

Three Catskill Storytellers, Catherine Schwoeffermann, 1986

Automotive Quarterly, Vol. 26, #1. 1987

Ojos Privados, Coleccion Laurence Miller, Fundacio Foto Colectania, Barcelona, 2008

Ah Lord, Love me passionately, Images of Bodies & Religion in the Lutz, Teutloff Collection

 

 

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