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Artists' Reception: Laurence Aberhart at McNamara Gallery

Posted By Turner Uligian, Thursday, November 03, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014
DATE: November 3, 2011

LAURENCE ABERHART

America: a fable
November 4 – December 7 2011

Reception with Laurence Aberhart
Friday, November 4, 2011
5.30 pm


Image
Laurence Aberhart, Wall, Perry, New York, 13 August 2010.
[silver gelatin, gold & selenium toned. 2010/2.] Courtesy of McNamara Gallery
 
Image
Laurence Aberhart, Sphinx couchant, winged, Grove Street Cemetery,
New Haven, Connecticut, 18 September 2010. [silver gelatin, gold &
selenium toned. 2010/3.] Courtesy of McNamara Gallery
 
Image
Laurence Aberhart, Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Lamar Ave,
Memphis, Tennessee, 21 September 1988. [silver gelatin, gold &
selenium toned. 1988/2008/2.] Courtesy of McNamara Gallery
 
Image
Laurence Aberhart, Houses in front of Bethlehem Steel/Sands
Casino, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania., 8 October 2010. [silver gelatin,
gold & selenium toned. 2010/2.] Courtesy of McNamara Gallery
 
Image
Laurence Aberhart, Interior, gunshop, Hancock, New York,
19 September 2010. [silver gelatin, gold & selenium toned.
2010/2.] Courtesy of McNamara Gallery
 
Image
Laurence Aberhart, The Egg, Albany New York, 7 September
2010. [silver gelatin, gold & selenium toned. 2010/2.] Courtesy
of McNamara Gallery
 
The works of Laurence Aberhart have a presence that shine through the often vacant scenes. We feel a sense of nostalgia for good times past and almost watch life drain and time pass through points of once budding promise.

There is something ageless to the work that evokes the sensation we have been transported to another time and place. The realization that we haven't is truly strange. We can rationalize portions of the work, some of the earlier works, fromt he late 1980's for example. We want to believe that distress and economic hardship came and went, tragically leaving some behind to be swallowed back into the landscape. As we continue to look we want to take the time reference with us, and are surprised perhaps by some that are taken more recently, 2010. These are harder to take, even though the news and market constantly reminds us of our delicate state. The shots of small town America seem to reveal stagnation, abandonment, but also the unwavering American hope in- America.

What does our confrontation of these works reveal about our beliefs, our dreams, our vision of America? The work does not allow us to deny what today is more real than ever- the dream of America isfading. Have we missed it all these years? Can we come to believe it now?

America: a fable is truly poignant and memorable.

For more information on the exhibition please visit McNamara Gallery


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