Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery
Drawn from the collection of New York collector and Ohio native Gregory Gooding, After Industry features twentieth-century photographs by American and German artists. Works explore industry and its impact on landscape, particularly during the post-industrial era, beginning in the 1970s. Historical precedents include works by Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, and Albert Renger-Patzsch. A play on the term “after nature,” an outdated term for “still life,” After Industry emphasizes nature as an irrepressible constant in relation to industry, and the industrial age as only a brief episode within the longer course of history. Featured artists include Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Bill Brandt, Frank Breuer, Lynne Cohen, John Divola, Walker Evans, Frank Gohlke, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Mark Ruwedel, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, and Henry Wessel.
After Industry is accompanied by an installation in the street-level gallery by Marlo Pascual, an American artist living and working in New York. A native of Nashville, TN, Pascual creates enigmatic still-lifes featuring found photographs in relation to common objects.
Marlo Pascual: Three Works
Marlo Pascual’s enigmatic photo-sculptures seize upon the vagaries of found, anonymous, vintage photographs, into which she breathes new life through jokey, absurdist and sometimes violent handling. “Photography is a lot about loss and death,” the artist has said, and this is evident in her particular interest in old photographs, embodying an awareness of time passing and meanings lost. While numerous artists have explored the concept of the photograph as object, Pascual introduces an element of theater in her dramatization of imagined image past-lives; her enlargements and sculptural gestures—making use of rocks, potted plants, shelves, and seashells—offer an interpretation of a moment that once was, a moment staged and fixed by a photograph, now vulnerable to other uses.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Pascual lives in New York. In addition to several gallery exhibitions, Pascual had a solo exhibition at the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York, in 2009, and has been in group shows at White Columns, New York (2008), and The Sculpture Center, New York (2009). In 2010 she was the Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Aspen Art Museum.