Meditations move the Subtext series towards a closer connection with the artist’s spiritual practice by identifying opportunities for an urban-mindful experience. The photographs in this series are sourced from found advertising spaces throughout the New York City subway system. Waiting for the next train, Gallery takes a moment to pause and reflect on the empty space in which advertisements have been temporarily removed. Years of glue, paper, scraping, painting, gluing...repeat, have left clues of the palimpsests that have been recorded for years if not decades.
Gallery transforms these evolving abstractions into photographic prints, referencing the masterful paintings by American abstract expressionism and French décollage art of the 1960’s Nouveau Réalisme movement. The viewer is left with a scene that may have only been visible for hours, maybe days - until the next advertisement is placed on top, transforming the space yet again.
Meditations continue the dialogue of the original Subtext series by getting further in tune with Gallery’s personal spiritual practice. Gazing into these spaces, Gallery finds reverence and an urban tranquility. For a moment, we may find quiet contemplation in a context where Subtext becomes more powerful than the rush around us.
Gallery received his BFA in photography at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1997. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the PDN 30, ICP’s Infinity Award, PDN Annual, American Photography, and 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers by Duke University. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the world and are in major private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and American Express.