Constructed Realities

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The Balloon Horse, 2012 Silver Gelatin Print © Courtesy of the Artist and 111 Minna Gallery
Constructed Realities

111 Minna St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
April 5th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013
Opening: April 5th, 2013 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Mon-Fri 7:30-5


The work of photographer Michael Garlington has been described as “David Lynch meets Leave it to Beaver.” 

Michael Garlington is an internationally renowned photographer, artist and sculptor who resides and works in his hometown of Petaluma, California. For inspiration and his love of discovery, exploration and the simple treasures of the unknown, Garlington has spent many of his creative years on the road. Roads traveled on, over and beyond in his beloved, Photo Car, a vehicular visual diary on wheels created fittingly on the exterior of his Volkswagan van. From this mobile portfolio, Michael chronicled what he saw as the underbelly of America melding with the common people of society, which he photographically documented as his own dream like fairy tales.

Recently while in Europe, he spent an entire year shooting and printing portraits with another Photo Car that he built in Germany. Michael’s earliest introduction to photography came from his parents who operated a black and white photo lab in San Francisco. After many years of taking photographs, Michael learned to print in his parent’s lab. With his inspiration and experience solidified, Michael expressed a longing to communicate the visions he felt were locked in his mind to people in the outside world. Through his understanding and utilization of portraiture, he feels that he’s finally allowed the world to see his visions freely.

As he continued working, he refined his signature style while building and showcasing an impressive body of work comprised of portraiture, which then gave way to his sculptural practices in the creation of hand made frames, unique to each portrait, that serve as individual doorways into each photograph.

In his main promotional image for the exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, “Play Boy Bunny On Balloon Horse” Garlington places a woman on a horse made entirely of balloons as if she’s floating up to the sky, while the look in her eye harkens to a timeless longing that tantalizes the viewers imagination.

For his approaching exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, Michael Garlington has created a site specific sculptural installation inspired by the gates of hell called, “The Gates of Minna.” This twelve-foot archway made up of hundreds of plaster relics will fittingly be erected around the interior of the galleries iconic red entry door.

Michael Garlington is an acclaimed Northern California photographer and master printer. He began shooting his own images while working at Spindler Photography, a high-end lab in San Francisco that caters to the finest photographers working today. His work has been purchased by Yale, Dartmouth and countless private collectors.