Lawnmower man, Gallery Layout
Exhibition from may 6th to june 21st 2008
“Perhaps instead of standing at the river’s edge scooping out water, it’s far better to be in the current itself, and see how the river comes to you, flows smoothly around your presence, and reforms on the other side like you were never there.” Paul Graham
Documenting people’s everyday lives, Graham approaches social realities with brutal honesty. His works are resolutely contemporary and can be read both artistically and politically, qualities obvious in earlier works like Troubled Land (1987), his photographs from Northern Ireland, or New Europe (1993), a series of images reflecting on history and memory across Western Europe.
The new series, A Shimmer of Possibility, consists of several volumes of photographs which contains small sequences of images, such as a man smoking a cigarette while he waits for a bus in Las Vegas, or a walk down a street in Boston on an autumn afternoon. Often two, three or four sequences intertwine in a single series, for example, a feeling of disgust entailed while we looking at the debris left over by the woman eating chicken on the same land where a man is mowing the grassland in another sequence.