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Hong Kong University, 2023, Acrylic on Dibond,
38 x 26 inches, 96.5 x 66 cm

There is a shift here in Rich's subject matter. Gone are the grand facades and enter the entryways, the paths, the staircases, the shelves; the infrastructure of going somewhere or maybe just going nowhere. For Parallels, Rich's new show at Miles McEnery Gallery in NYC, the minimal works evoke deeper understandings of office culture, these pathways of moving from place to place, of holding information, of how and where wait out our workday. There are stairs, yes, elevators, books, shelves, waiting areas at takeaway restaurants, all Bauhausian in their construction. Rich notes these feelings of “apprehensive, invited, voyeuristic... Interiors have the potential to evoke meaning for the viewer as well as for the artist." Based on his photography and research, these works feel like places you have been, maybe forgot, maybe over-looked. 

I don't know if Rich created Parallels to evoke the feeling of the old ways we used to work, we used to kill time, we used to count the clock before we got on our trains, in our cars, walked home. But these works give me an emotional rollercoaster of a response about why we built these places, where we go from here and what did we actually leave behind. It feels just like a parallel universe now. —Evan Pricco

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