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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Announces Push/Pull: Abstract Polaroid Photographs by Partick Murphy at Mercantile Coffee House

Push/Pull: Abstract Polaroid Photographs by Partick Murphy
McKinney Avenue Contemporary at Mercantile Coffee House
June 2 through August 6, 2011

Opening reception is Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 6-7:30 p.m.

As part of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary’s (The MAC) community outreach program, the MAC has teamed up with Mercantile Coffee House to extend its contemporary artistic vision and educational support to downtown Dallas. This partnership will promote and support emerging talent with monthly exhibitions throughout the year. Donations from Mercantile Coffee House will benefit artistic programming at the MAC.

Push/Pull: Abstract Polaroid Photographs by Patrick Murphy at Mercantile Coffee House

Push/Pull: Abstract Polaroid Photographs by Patrick Murphy at Mercantile Coffee House

The upcoming exhibition at Mercantile Coffee House is Push/Pull: Abstract Polaroid Photographs by Patrick Murphy. Patrick Murphy is an artist and musician from Dallas, Texas. While working as a recording engineer in the late 90s, Murphy witnessed the evolution from analog to digital recording techniques. While most were excited about the possibilities of digital sound, he became enamored with its limitations.

Murphy’s most recent work with Polaroid photographs builds on his interest in obsolete technologies and mechanical failure. These photographs are all made with the type of instant analog photography popularized in the 1970s—technologies pushed aside in the digital age. Using a variety of techniques and semi-functional instant cameras, the artist spotlights the happy accidents inherent in technology that has been largely abandoned. By manipulating the cameras and film, Murphy blurs the line between photography and painterly abstraction.

The opening reception of Push/Pull will be Thursday June 2, 2011 from 6:00pm-7:30pm and will be on view through August 6th.

Through the MAC’s innovative efforts and artistic advisement, visitors to The Mercantile
Coffee House will have the opportunity to view and interact with contemporary art in a
non-traditional setting. This initiative is congruent with the MAC mission of supporting
experimentation and promoting a visual dialogue between the artist and the viewer.
Mercantile Coffee House will host exhibitions of a variety of emerging artists and
media, enhancing the setting and experience for visitors.

Visit the MAC to receive coupons for Mercantile Coffee House.

When and Where

Monthly at The Mercantile Coffee House

1800 Main Street Dallas, TX 75201

About the MAC

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit
organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the
opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the
emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with
their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative
programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown

Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit The MAC is open
Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

About Mercantile Coffee House

Mercantile Coffee House is a business hip place to have a great cup of premium coffee,
espresso or tea. Mercantile Coffee House features the best coffee beans of 2010,
Intelligentsia. It serves world famous Yogen Fruz frozen Yogurt and Smoothies made to
your liking. The Mercantile Coffee House is a comfortable environment to enjoy the first
cup of coffee for the day, a convenient place to meet with your colleagues or hook up
with friends. It is also technology friendly with ample laptop plug ins, free high speed
WiFi and a Free Conference Room use for your more serious meetings. For a limited
time only Mercantile Coffee House is offering the finest bean to bar chocolate in the US,
Amano Chocolate. Visit Mercantile Coffee House online at

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