Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to present Mike Osbornes On
Location: Beijing, new photographs
focusing on the city in the final months before the Olympic Games. These images are a continuation of
body of work. A reception will be held Saturday, February 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit continues
Saturday, March 21, 2009.
Mixing the concerns of documentary street tradition with the formal consideration
of more premeditated modes of
photography, Osbornes new pictures present Beijings transformation in almost theatrical
framing isolates the citys inhabitants on various stages where the future and, sometimes, the
past appear to insert
themselves into the present. A single worker squats at the base of the towering Television Cultural
under construction. People photograph themselves in the un-landscaped grounds of the Olympic Stadium.
security guard stands on a curb, staring uneasily out of the picture, while behind him on a street-level
man contemplates a simulation of the city. Mike Osbornes images construct and deconstruct notions
reality almost simultaneously.
Osbornes recent work in Beijing was supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced
Studies in the Fine Arts.
He was also the recipient of a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship in 2007, which included a monetary
award and solo exhibition. On Location: Beijing was first shown at HCP in September-October
of 2008. The HCP
selection was juried by Anjali Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of Artlies magazine, critic and video
producer and Rachel Cook, artist, writer and independent curator.
Osborne received a B.A. in English from Stanford University in 2000, and an M.F.A.
Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin in 2006. His work is in the collection of
The Austin Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art as well as numerous private
collections. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan from 2006 to 2007, and is currently a
Resident Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany from 2008 to
2009. He is also a past recipient of an Artpace Travel Grant, a Puffin Foundation Grant,
and numerous Presidential Scholarships from the University of Texas.
In 2007 Osbornes exhibition with the gallery, Enter the Dragon,
was reviewed in The
Dallas Morning News, Artlies magazine, and
might be good. In 2006
Pictures were featured on the cover and in the Visual Space section of Artlies
magazine. In 2005-2006 his work from Interchanges was included in, 22 to Watch:
New Art in Austin, which traveled to the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, the Austin
Museum of Art, and the Galveston Arts Center.
Holly Johnson Gallery is located at 1411 Dragon Street in Dallas. Gallery hours are
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment. The gallery is a
member of CADD (Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas). For further information regarding
this exhibition please call 214-369-0169, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the
website at www.hollyjohnsongallery.com