120717: Remnants of Industry

One of my last projects shot on film focused on various industrial ruins found in and around the Albany/Troy area. Chief among them was the Burden Iron Works, whose history includes the massive production of horseshoes for the Union Army during the Civil War. While there is a museum on the site, much of what I photographed has since been demolished.

Most of today’s images are from the Iron Works. There are a handful of other images from the broader project as well. In all cases, though, they speak of a time long gone by, when factories produced immense amounts of quality products that changed the lives of many. Examples such as these depicted today can be found across this country – modern ruins that tell an ultimately sad story about jobs lost, communities decimated, and a middle class way of life diminished.

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Thank you for the visit.

Too Hot!!

Not only is it too hot, as all would agree, but repeated brownouts are making this task a bit more challenging than usual. So I’ll need to be brief today. Here are a few places to visit that will be air-conditioned and will have walls full of interesting artwork (including mine) – a good way to beat the heat.

A reception for the 75th annual Hudson Mohawk Regional Art Exhibition, juried by Holly Hughes of RISD, was heldĀ  last night at the Albany Institute of History and Art. It’s a terrific show in a wonderful venue. I’m happy to say that two of my fossil images were chosen for the exhibit, which will run through Labor Day.

At the GCCA Gallery in Catskill, NY Fawn Potash has once again put together another interesting and stimulating juried show entitled “Big, Wide World”. My accepted work is entitled “Phase”:

And tomorrow, July 22, the Woodstock Artists’ Association and Museum will open its doors to two juried shows. In the main gallery one of my new pieces hangs:

And in the Small Works Show:

So, take an “art break” , get out of the hot sun, and visit a gallery or two.

As always, more of my work can be found at http://www.artmurphy.com