Eatfeaturing: John Treichler and Richard Harrington
This show runs from May 10, 2013 until June 2, 2013
Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 4-7pm
Artist Rich Harrington and photographer John Treichler are pleased to announce the opening of their joint show, EAT, on Friday, May 10, at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. The exhibit, which runs through June 2, documents and celebrates the classic American diner. A reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 4 to 7 pm.
Stainless steel, neon lettering, fresh pies displayed in a stainless steel and glass case; these images are a few of the visual treats that await viewers at "EAT". The images are as comforting as a cup of coffee on a rainy morning .
Rich Harrington, an artist living in Newtown, PA, has long had a love affair with classic diners.
"It’s hard for me to pass a classic diner without stopping to take pictures of the building and the interior," Harrington says. "I’ve always been intrigued by the architecture of the 1950s and '60s American roadside, and the diners, drive-ins, and burger joints from those decades are particularly interesting.
"Many of the structures were remodeled in the late '60s and '70s to look more contemporary. The diners that remained original, like the Crossroads diner in Buttzville, NJ, are quite remarkable in how their functionality has helped them survive over 50 years. I really enjoy visiting, sampling the food, and talking to the customers and owners before I start a painting.
"The internet has helped me tremendously in locating classic diners. Many of them exist on roads or in towns that have been by passed by interstates, and without internet fan pages and directories of classic diners, I would have just driven right by them," Harrington said.
John Treichler, a photographer and a resident of Lambertville, NJ, is also a fan of diners.
"They are a true piece of Americana and represent our love of food, mobility, and convenience. They are refuges for the tired, poor, and hungry yearning for comfort food. France has its cafes, we have our diners. They are where people of all ages, races, and economic status can get a piece of pie, coffee, and feel at home," says Treichler.
Treichler is drawn to the special features that make up a classic diner. The reflections on chrome and stainless steel, the repeated art deco patterns, the tight geometries, all flooded in neon light.
"Add to that the characters, the concentrations of families and friends, and the indefatigable waitresses," he says. "I continually find new things that are visually compelling inside and outside, up close and further away."
For this show, Treichler has selected photographs in both color and black and white, each capturing different moods.
"Black and white photographs emphasize lines and shapes and can be very intimate when the color and distractions are stripped away," Treichler says. "The color photos celebrate the vibrancy and buzz of activity that surround diners, and the lights that beckon." As for the title of the exhibition, Harrington and Treichler agreed that it summed up the subject matter.
"I’ve always loved the simplicity of an "EAT" sign," says Harrington. "Driving up I-81 North through Pennsylvania, there is one exit that I only know of as the "EAT" exit. This is due to the large sign posted at a truck stop adjacent to the off ramp. I have no idea what the exit number is, or the name of the town or highway number the exit leads to. I only know of it as "EAT".
Does everyone love a diner? Maybe not, but when photographer John Treichler and painter Rich Harrington team up for an exhibition of works with the classic American diner as the subject matter, the results are as tasty as the Blue Plate Special with a side of cheese fries.