I’m simultaneously working on three different gallery submissions, so it’s been a busy few weeks! But the main focus has been the April show at UForge Gallery called “Decon/Recon.” The gallery’s website about the show describes it this way:
“It is an old adage that the only constant is change itself, a fact perhaps seen most clearly in shifts in urban spaces as buildings are torn down and replaced or renovated. The plot of land remains the same but its appearance is changed, just as old materials may be repurposed for new uses.”
With that in mind, I headed over to one of my favorite areas in my neighborhood, the SoWa district. It is full of old warehouses and brick factories that have been repurposed for mostly artistic spaces (lofts, galleries, restaurants, open markets). I decided to focus on roughly one block, and try to take photos that fulfilled a different adage: “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” I looked for an old building in its original form; new or more modern architecture; something that has been re-used for an entirely new purpose; and something rundown, or looking a little “blue” in comparison to its neighbors. The final piece in the show will contain these four photos.
I also decided to forgo the frame this time and flesh out an idea I’ve been mulling for a while. I’ve thought that a lot of my photos of industrial and urban spaces would be better presented with a display format that is itself more industrial. I’ve also had the idea of creating a modular system, where different size photos can be interchanged and displayed together. So I ordered some metal pegboard to use as a background and mount for these photos. We’ll see how it goes when it arrives…
Keep a look out for more updates, but here’s one of the photos going into the show: