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Shellburne Thurber: 9 Wellington Street

March 19, 2011 – April 26, 2011

Barbara Krakow Gallery is honored to present Shellburne Thurber’s first solo project in eight years. After an incredibly busy decade with projects at the Bloomberg Space in London, the Boston Athenaeum, the ICA, Boston, the MFA, Boston, the Weatherspoon in North Carolina, as well as at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Shellburne hunkered down on several new projects, with 9 Wellington Street being the most personal. Known as the one Boston School photographer who chose to stay in Boston, Shellburne uses this exhibition to engage issues of individuality, vision, commitment, community, support and home.

The story goes like this: for years, two friends of Shellburne’s kept telling her that she should meet a gentleman named Ralph Horne who lived in their South End neighborhood in Boston. They felt that Shellburne and Ralph would be simpatico and that she would probably enjoy photographing his house. A true renaissance man, Ralph had been an environmental scientist, a lawyer, a writer and a painter. The friends’ recommendation led to little for a long time, as Ralph traveled often and was rarely available by phone. However, when the two finally met, Shellburne saw how accurate the recommendation was. Moreover, she felt an immediate and strong connection to both the space and the man who had made it his own.  For close to seven years, Shellburne photographed the space and interviewed and filmed Ralph, himself. Simultaneously, she helped Ralph put many things in order and eventually helped him move out of the house into a smaller setting where he could live with more ease.

The current exhibition, 9 Wellington Street, displays Shellburne’s photos (both color and black & white, in four varying sizes from 20 x 20 inches to 50 x 50 inches), selected objects formerly of Ralph’s house, all arranged, layered and juxtaposed with patterns and imagery as wallpaper. The two photographic wallpaper elements are of Ralph’s former residence, while the other parts are reproductions of the wallpaper from the residence, mixed with wallpapers that are similar but distinctly different from the ones in the house. Presented in the modernist space of Barbara Krakow Gallery, the exhibition posits the importance of the blurred areas between truth and fiction, narrative and abstraction, individual and universal, all the while telling the story of commitment, both of the subject to a way of life, and the photographer to the need of a story to be shared and the person who’s story it is.

Works In Exhibition

9 Wellington Street: Long view of livingroom

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Long view of livingroom 2004-2009 Black and white inkjet print

Edition of 7
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  50 x 50 inches  (127 x 127 cm)
Frame size:  51 1/2 x 51 inches  (130.8 x 129.5 cm)
(Inventory #23496)

9 Wellington Street: Statue on banister in front hallway

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Statue on banister in front hallway 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 10
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  40 x 40 inches  (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Frame size:  41 3/4 x 41 1/4 inches  (106 x 104.1 cm)
(Inventory #23498)

9 Wellington Street: Pocket doors leading to first floor library

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Pocket doors leading to first floor library 2004-2009 Black and white inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  21 3/4 x 21 1/2 inches  (55.2 x 54.6 cm)
(Inventory #23497)

9 Wellington Street: First floor library with orange chair and view of livingroom

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: First floor library with orange chair and view of livingroom 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 10
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  40 x 40 inches  (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Frame size:  41 3/4 x 41 1/4 inches  (106 x 104.8 cm)
(Inventory #23500)

9 Wellington Street: First floor library – Ralph’s desk

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: First floor library – Ralph’s desk 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 3/4 inches  (55.9 x 55.2 cm)
(Inventory #23501)

9 Wellington Street: Close up of bookshelf with cat cartoon

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Close up of bookshelf with cat cartoon 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 5/8 inches  (55.9 x 54.9 cm)
(Inventory #23511)

9 Wellington Street: Top floor library with leather upholstered chairs

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Top floor library with leather upholstered chairs 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 15
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  30 x 30 inches  (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Frame size:  31 3/4 x 31 1/4 inches  (80.6 x 79.4 cm)
(Inventory #23512)

9 Wellington Street: Ralph’s bedroom – Dresser with Alien doll and blue upholstered chair

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Ralph’s bedroom – Dresser with Alien doll and blue upholstered chair 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 10
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  40 x 40 inches  (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Frame size:  41 3/4 x 41 1/4 inches  (106 x 104.1 cm)
(Inventory #23506)

9 Wellington Street: Ralph’s bedroom – Long view of window wall with teddy bear

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Ralph’s bedroom – Long view of window wall with teddy bear 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 3/4 inches  (55.9 x 55.2 cm)
(Inventory #23505)

9 Wellington Street: Ralph’s bedroom – carved wood mantel mirror

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Ralph’s bedroom – carved wood mantel mirror 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 3/4 inches  (55.9 x 55.2 cm)
(Inventory #23504)

9 Wellington Street: First floor library – two ornate carved side chairs and lace curtain

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: First floor library – two ornate carved side chairs and lace curtain 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 3/4 inches  (55.9 x 55.2 cm)
(Inventory #23502)

9 Wellington Street: Dennis’ bedroom – small chair and vine covered window

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Dennis’ bedroom – small chair and vine covered window 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 3/4 inches  (55.9 x 55.2 cm)
(Inventory #23503)

9 Wellington Street: Dennis’ bedroom – Dresser top with washing bowl and water pitcher

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Dennis’ bedroom – Dresser top with washing bowl and water pitcher 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 15
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  30 x 30 inches  (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Frame size:  31 3/4 x 31 1/4 inches  (80.6 x 79.4 cm)
(Inventory #23507)

9 Wellington Street: Hallway with toy shelf

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Hallway with toy shelf 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 5/8 inches  (55.9 x 54.9 cm)
(Inventory #23510)

Exhibiton View

Shellburne Thurber Exhibiton View

Shellburne Thurber with Ralph Horne’s paintings

Exhibiton View

Shellburne Thurber Exhibiton View

Shellburne Thurber with Ralph Horne’s paintings

9 Wellington Street: Dennis’ bedroom – Toy closet and Victorian cane chair

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Dennis’ bedroom – Toy closet and Victorian cane chair 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 18
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  20 x 20 inches  (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Frame size:  22 x 21 5/8 inches  (55.9 x 54.9 cm)
(Inventory #23509)

9 Wellington Street: Pink tv room with Ralph’s paintings

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Pink tv room with Ralph’s paintings 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 15
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  30 x 30 inches  (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Frame size:  31 3/4 x 31 1/4 inches  (80.6 x 79.4 cm)
(Inventory #23513)

9 Wellington Street: Back yard with statue and gazebo

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Back yard with statue and gazebo 2004-2009 Color inkjet print

Edition of 7
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  50 x 50 inches  (127 x 127 cm)
Frame size:  51 3/4 x 50 inches  (131.4 x 129.5 cm)
(Inventory #23508)

9 Wellington Street: Hallway view with tin man doll and Osama Bin Laden poster

Shellburne Thurber 9 Wellington Street: Hallway view with tin man doll and Osama Bin Laden poster 2004-2009 Black and white inkjet print

Edition of 15
Signed on label on reverse
Image size:  30 x 30 inches  (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Frame size:  31 3/4 x 31 1/4 inches  (80.6 x 79.4 cm)
(Inventory #23499)