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June Mattingly // contributing art writer

Holly Johnson Gallery presents
“Papers and Trains”
photographs by Mike Osborne

This show focuses on Mike‘s two distinct but not so subtly interconnected photographic series,
Press Pictures which revolves around the highly powered monumentally large newspaper printing
presses in this country, distinguished by their industrial colors, and the Underground series which
focuses on the subterranean in similar colored waiting areas of foreign metro  subways not
similar to those in this country.
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“Statesman Basement,” Austin American Statesman, 2006 archival Inkjet print 8 x 10 inches
Their drop-dead connection centers on the compositions lacking human presence both
background and foreground-wise with the onlooker waiting for action to take over –
printed newspapers passing through the presses, speeding subways stopped to be
boarded. Even if a real person is placed in the picture as the main subject matter,
the elements in the picture appear is cold, perfectly still and totally personality-less -
all brilliantly accomplished through the photographer’s style and selected venues.  
“Girl in Green Coat,” 2009 - archival Inkjet print, 44 x 54 inches
Mike received a BA from Stanford University and an MFA in Studio Art from UTA in Austin
in 2006. He’s a recipient of a Fulbright in Taiwan, a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship,
a residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, an Artpace Travel
Grant, a Puffin Grant, and, scholarships from the University of Texas. His work is in articles
in the New Yorker, Dallas Morning News, Artlies and ArtsHouston,
“Red Press,”  San Antonio Express News, 2006, archival Inkjet print, 8 x 10 inches
Mike's work is in public collections such as the Austin Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of
Art and One Arts Plaza in Dallas. In March 2011, he will be in an exhibition of Texas
photographers at Fotofest curated by two of the Menil Collection’s curators.
Holly Johnson Gallery
1411 Dragon Street. Dallas, TX 75207
“Quiet Room,” Los Angeles Times, Olympic Plant, 2006 -  archival Inkjet print, 8 x 10 inches