Recently returning to the US from London, Thomas Gearty earned his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA) in 1999 and holds a BA from the Political and Social Thought Distinguished Major Program at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA). Gearty was a major contributor to Henry Horenstein's Black & White Photography: A Basic Manual and Photography with Horenstein and Russell Hart , a founding editor and writer for, and was selected for Sotheby's Artlink worldwide Emerging Artists Program in 2001. He has exhibited around Greater Boston at the St. Botolph Club, Massachusetts State House, and the Boston Drawing Project at the Bernard Toale Gallery, among others. He has taught at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (Boston, MA), University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA), and MassArt. He has worked at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery (New York, NY) and as an assistant to Abelardo Morell, Eugene Richards, William Wegman, and Arnold Newman.

Featured online are images from Gearty's new series of Polaroid Type 600 images, Things Are Strange . Gearty alternately finds odd marks and patterns in nature and assembles peculiar juxtapositions of everyday household objects. In all of his work, Gearty seeks out simple scenes, details, gestures, and moments that inspire wonder and yet also impart a feeling of loss. In hundreds of instant small images, he captures a vast array of things—often selecting objects for the agency or personality that they appear to assert—and ultimately builds a new vocabulary of sorts. Whether it is crumbling pavement that just doesn't seem to match up or a strange pattern of condensation on a car hood, he draws attention to a “secret world of things” independent of humans.

- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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I don't care much for statements about photography. Too often the statements feel like instructions; too often the viewers read more than they look. It's hard to see independently once expectations are set. Let the photographs tell you what they're about.

These pictures are also an attempt to see without expectations. We mold our perceptions to our presumptions, see things as we want them to be, not as they are. The actual nature of things stays just beyond the reach of our awareness. When we do look at something without preconditions, it seems funny, like the odd sensation of reading and re-reading a familiar word until it seems foreign.

I believe things need us less than we suppose. Let the things tell you what they are.

- Thomas Gearty

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Things Are Strange

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