Halloween Night: Garage Portraits 1998-2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DALLAS,TX: Austin photographer Michael O'Brien (b. 1950, Memphis, TN) will exhibit for the first time his Halloween Garage portraits. This project evolved over many years. Portraits of neighborhood kids in their Halloween costumes were taken annually. After several years passed, Michael interviewed the older subjects while showing them their earlier portraits. Comments from each interview have become the displayed text included with the photograph.
This suburban document relates to Bill Owens' work from the 1970's where he documented life in California suburbia, which included text. But O'Brien's contemporary view deals with one specific ritual, Halloween; a declaration of creativity, identity, and innocence. But most of all this series echoes the early neighborhood camaraderie, which fused children, parents and neighbors together within the cul-de-sac.
PDNB Gallery will not only host O'Brien's exhibition, it will also host an official HALLOWEEN PARTY! Adults and children are welcome and requested to come in costume! And Michael O'Brien will continue his ritual of taking Halloween portraits in the gallery instead of his garage.
Michael O'Brien's portraits of famous Texans have been exhibited throughout museums in Texas. His book, The Face of Texas, features notable Texas figures including Kinky Friedman, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Lady Bird Johnson, and George Bush. His photographs are in several museum collections including the MFA Houston, the Harry Ransom Center, UT Texas, the International Center of Photography, NYC, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Louisiana.