Urban Inversions in Color
Description of the Gallery
This portfolio is the later part of this work whose origins date back to the beginning of Lawrence’s career . It started out as monochrome work (see the Vintage gallery) and then morphed to color 15 years later. The early work took place when the Midwest industrial base was still strong but by the late 1970s that had changed. In effect tis portfolio canvases a generation in which Milwaukee switched from an industrial base to a financial one, an entropy then rebirth that inverted the urban area’s social fabric. The images captured a non judgmental sense of this while recording a romantic textural vision to define the times. As the area became more office worker based it also became more varied. The portfolio captures some of the contrasts enabled through the capricious modernity of recent decades, such as the popularity of quaint lunch spots and rowing teams on the Milwaukee River.