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May 4, 2017 - June 10, 2017

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May 4 – June 10, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 6-8 p.m.

547 West 27th St., Suite 207, New York


Garvey|Simon is pleased to present Timothy Hursley: Tainted Lens, an exhibition of the fine art works of this sought-after architectural photographer. His body of commissioned work includes Philip Johnson’s AT&T building; Yoshio Taniguchi’s MoMA; Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain as well as his California Aerospace Museum; and both I.M. Pei’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and his Miho Museum in Shigaraki, Japan. More recently he has been engaged by virtuosos such as Moshe Safdie and Marlon Blackwell. But it is the work that Hursley does in between assignments, while roaming around cities and more frequently on long drives throughout the rural south and other parts of the country, that Garvey|Simon is highlighting. With a few exceptions, the works on view have been neither previously exhibited nor published.

The selections have been culled from several series born of Hursley’s ramblings, including his photographs of the brothels of Nevada – the subject of a book published in 2003 by Princeton Architectural Press, as well as an exhibition in 1990 at the OK Harris Gallery in New York—the first and only time until now that his work has been exhibited in a gallery. These gentle narratives, in which the women are notably absent, bear no hint of judgment. “The photographs are stronger without people,” Hursley said. “They are like footprints of a subculture.” In Desert Dollhouse, a partial view of a bedroom dimly lit with a greenish glow is offset by a group of ordinary kitchen timers atop a utility cabinet outside the room, at once a reminder of both the unique nature of the business at hand, and its role as ordinary commerce. When Hursley stumbled upon another brothel, Bobbie’s Buckeye Bar, the owner would not let him in. Left to contemplate the outside, Hursley found a composition in which the running white fence symbolized customers entering the pink brothel and “then coming out tainted red,” he explained.


May 4, 2017
June 10, 2017
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Garvey Simon
547 W 27 St, Suite 207
New York, NY 10001 United States
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