Happy Places: George Byrne’s NEW ORDER Exhibition text by Valerie McPhail

Exhibiting through October 8, 2017 at Olsen Gruin, George Byrne presents NEW ORDER, a 12-piece collection of photographs depicting a fresh perspective on urban sights commonly overlooked.

Simple, yet striking, still and yet animated with color, the Sydney–born photographer fashions a gaze upon the look of washed out, urban settings home to Los Angeles. Byrne’s focus stays on the relationship between texture, shape and color. He finds these attributes initiate a scenic story conceptual in theory but nevertheless tangible in feeling.

At Echo Park, he highlights a fading peach painted infrastructure contrasting the grey painted staircases to and fro a coveted patch of green grass. In another piece titled Blue Awning with Pink, an assembly of colors: blue, red, yellow, pink and mint green come to life against the many shades of gray that fill in space on the walls and roadway cross walk. Byrne’s NEW ORDER thrives on open interpretation between shapes and color. Although, one thing is clear: he didn’t let the sun set without exposing the beauty of Los Angeles through his art.

Valerie McPhail

Valerie McPhail is a New York-based writer on things of style and artistic expression. She has a portfolio of writing for both fashion and art publications. Although she enjoys covering fashion news and supporting new designers, her favorite subject to explore is the experience of fashion and how life is communicated through clothing. She believes there is a lot to be said about this.