San Francisco

Greg Macgregor

Lawson de Celle

Greg Macgregor photographs the synthetic structures and evidential markings left by man in the Western landscape. A large, broken down metal skeleton in the middle of an open plain looks like the decayed carcass of some paleolithic animal; a long metal building once perched on a cliff, now plunges, discarded and upended, into a water-filled gorge. However, not all of MacGregor’s pictures focus on discarded objects. He depicts strange phallic rock formations that seem extraterrestrial, and, in a handful of images, fabricates stars and constellations floating in dark voids. The majority of the pictures are direct, documentary, and not reflective of any particular formalist intent or unique visual arrangement. But they are provocative for the most basic reason—they are mundane forms that are stranger than fiction. These works are more subtle than the extreme surreal compositions he published

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