Gregory Halpern: Omaha Sketchbook

19th Sep 2019 - 12th Oct 2019

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19th September – 12th October 2019

New work by acclaimed American photographer, Gregory Halpern, will go on display at Huxley-Parlour gallery for the first time to coincide with the launch of his book Omaha Sketchbook published by MACK.

Gregory Halpern has been photographing in Omaha, Nebraska, for the past 15 years, steadily compiling a lyrical, if equivocal response to the American Heartland. Halpern’s series explores notions of cognitive dissonance and unexpected harmonies, playing on a sense of simultaneous repulsion and attraction to the place. The series is ultimately a meditation on America, on the men and boys who inhabit it, and on the mechanics of aggression, inadequacy, and power.

‘Travelling to the nation’s heartland – a vague construct increasingly synonymous with the Bible belt – Halpern continues to mine this idea of Americanness in a place bounded by prairie and steeped in pioneer history. His work in the Midwestern city of Omaha reveals America as pluralised, fragmented, and teeming with its own ‘brand of hypermasculinity’, as he terms it: adolescents on the cusp of promise or obscurity, land that seemingly leads to nowhere, a sense of unending time and a dark side to domesticity.’ – Amanda Maddox, J. Paul Getty Museum.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the MACK publication, Omaha Sketchbook and follows on from his award-winning bestseller ZZYZX also published by MACK.

Gregory Halpern was born in 1977 in Buffalo, New York. He has published a number of books, including A (2011), Omaha Sketchbook (2009), East of the Sun, West of the Moon (2014), a collaboration with Ahndraya Parlato, ZZYZX (2016), and Confederate Moons (2018). He also edited, with Jason Fulford, The Photographer’s Playbook Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (2014). Halpern is a Nominee Member of Magnum Photos and has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Works

Julia, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Starlings, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Omaha, NE (Sun Through Willows), 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Boy Scouts 2, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Emilio, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Boy Scouts 1, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Lewis, Football Practice, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Bridge (Evening), Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Card Game, Nebraska, Correctional Youth Facility, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

John, Service Clerk, Cubby’s Grocery Store, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Blue Corvette, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Dancers, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Dog on Hill (Sunrise), Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Omaha, NE (Downtown Through Sunflowers), 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

North Omaha Power Station, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Fire and Tree, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

House in Field, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Patrick with his Kids, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Ladder and House, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Watching High School Football, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

James in Car, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Night Service, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Omaha, NE (Pigeon in Snow), 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Lincoln Continental, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Sixteenth Street (Evening), Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Hooper, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Douglas, Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Bellevue, 2005-201

Gregory Halpern

Road in Snow, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern