In The Frame: Rich Gilligan – View from 190 Broadway. 2019.

Posted May 11, 2022 in Arts and Culture, Exhibition Previews, Photography

BIMM nov 13 – dec 15 – Desktop


Rich Gilligan

View from 190 Broadway. 2019.

This photo was shot from a rooftop on Broadway in Newburgh, NY. This street, which was once the city’s main thoroughfare leads right down to the banks of the Hudson. It feels like the ground is about to collapse under the intense summer heat as taxis, traffic and life on the block continues as normal.

It is part of All Sorts of Impossible Things, a new body of work I made based on my own daily experiences of the static hum and unique rhythm of everyday life in the city of Newburgh, New York. I had my studio in Newburgh for a few years and it’s a place that I was fascinated with from my very first visit. These photographs are an observation of the collective anxiety of a city caught between a wave of intense regeneration and a long history of economic struggle.

I created the images in this book with a forensic and often fictional approach where my aim was to create an ambiguous space where the viewer is left to navigate their own personal journey through this landscape of uncertainty and confusion. This sense of disorientation and fleeting physical beauty produces an atmosphere that is as familiar and comforting as it is out of reach.

This book is the first publication by Driftwood editions, an independent publisher producing limited editions of work.

All Sorts of Impossible Things launches on Thursday May 12 at 6pm and run until May 15th at Hen’s Teeth Studio, Block A, New Mill, Mill St, Dublin 8, D08 NN5V. Rich Gilligan will do an artist talk on Saturday May 14 at 2pm.


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