A Closer Look: Parking Lot Abstracts and Artifacts by Larry Petterborg

Brazos Gallery and the Richland College Photography Department are proud to present A Closer Look: Parking Lot Abstracts and Artifacts by Larry Petterborg. Larry is a student at Richland and is under the guidance of Professor Wayne Loucas. This is an unique show in that it is a solo exhibition granted to a student currently enrolled at Richland College. The exhibition contains over 30 large format digital prints of Larry’s work on the subject matter of parking lots. Professor Loucas recognized Larry’s strong composition and design around the banal and mundane subject matter of parking lots. Larry has managed to elevate his subject to striking abstract compositions of shapes, forms, colors and textures.

The exhibition will be on view at Brazos Gallery on Richland College’s main campus 12800 Abrams Rd in Crockett Hall C140 beginning Monday May 1st through Friday May 19th. There will be a reception Wednesday May 10th from 6-8p. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 9a – 4p or by appointment. Contact gallery director John Spriggins at 972-238-6339 or by email at Brazos-RLC@dcccd.edu.


A CLOSER LOOK: Parking Lot Abstracts and Artifacts

Larry Petterborg

Following retirement from Texas Woman’s University, where I taught Human Gross Anatomy in the School of Physical Therapy, I have had more time to devote to the pursuit of photography. The current exhibition is the result of a project that began in an independent studies class at Richland College. The principle aim of the project is to explore the often-overlooked visual delights of common spaces and what is more common in our car culture than parking lots? These utilitarian places where we leave our vehicles while engaged in other activities, contain unlimited opportunities for seeing the small and interesting. We hurry through them hardly bothering to notice the myriad shapes, textures, and colors that are readily apparent, if only we would take a moment and look more closely. The camera allows me to focus on and isolate small patches of an otherwise boring parking lot and turn them into exciting visual treats. Next time you are in a parking lot, slow down and look around. What fun things might you see?