Featuring: Rachel Zimmerman
Boundless and Bare… is a two-photographer exhibition sponsored by Pete Checchia Photography and Arts and will feature the works of Rachel Zimmerman, Harry Bryne and curated by Jon Manteau.
The title of the exhibition comes from the Percy Shelley sonnet “Ozymandias”. In the poem, a
traveler describes a ruined statue, of a once-mighty king, Ozymandias. The theme of the poem is a meditation on the hubris of kings, empires and their inevitable decline, the fragility of human power and the effects of time. We are bearing witness to a similar decline in the United States. Our once “Mighty Union” seems to be slowly, inevitably eroding from outside forces and from internal. Our “Made in America” industrial giants are no longer a force in the world markets. Our once thriving plants, factories, and workshops, long ago abandoned and vacated, left to the elements and to decay. Our old forms of entertainment, amusement parks, drive-in movie theaters, circuses, to name a few, replaced by that which is digital. Jobs lost to other countries and automation, our own workforce left to rot…or to rust across the rustbelt. If the creation of a structure represents the ideals and values of time, so too does its subsequent abandonment and destruction.
In this exhibition, Rachel Zimmerman’s photographs of the “Altherholt Machine Shop”, through
her lens, bear witness to remnants of “what was”, like some eerie time capsule. Our craftmanship and tools for the job, surrounded by aging infrastructure. The inanimate “tools of the trade” ghost-like without the people trained in their use. Harry Bryne’s photographs document the remnants of what once was or “the ghosts of”. In his images of antiquated modes of transportation (trolleys) and outdated “Americana”, an amusement park, one can almost feel the presence of all of the thousands of human beings who at one time or another passed through, on their way to work, home or for a family vacation or afternoon out. The Six Flags Amusement Park outside of New Orleans, vacated after Hurricane Katrina is now covered in weeds, rust, and peeling paint. The park itself no longer inhabited by people but by apex predators-alligators and wild boar.
The First Friday opening will be held on Friday, October 4th from 5-9pm.
An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, October 5th from 3-6pm.
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