A new photography exhibit featuring works by Michael Patrick O’Brien opens Saturday, Nov. 8 at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery. The show, entitled “Familiar Address,” uses color images of people and places known to the artist to illustrate the duality of being a single individual and simultaneously a member of a family.
O’Brien’s key tools are color and light. The contrasts he captures between flatness and depth within architectural spaces convey both distance and intimacy. The exhibit suggests that within a family, one can observe with an outsider’s eye while possessing an insider’s knowledge.
A graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., O’Brien now lives and works in Houston, Texas. His recent exhibitions in the Houston area include “The Big Show” in 2017 and “Memoir” and “Thanks in Advance” in 2018.
The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. and its regular hours of operation are 12-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery will be closed on the weekends of Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30.