Current Exhibition at the Gallery at Still River Editions
Dreamless, Unalive, Perfect
Photographs by William Frucht
January 10 – March 27, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, January 10, 2 pm - 4pm
Snow date, Saturday, January 17, 2 pm - 4 pm
"Opera House, Ansonia, CT", "Office, Naugatuck, CT" © William Frucht
"People have always created things, discarded and forgotten them: this is why we have a science of archaeology. Over time, the things we discard and forget have grown larger and more complex. Once it was stone arrowheads, now it is houses, stores and factories. These things, once abandoned, immediately begin to vanish as nature begins the slow work of taking them back.
Without wishing to forbid any particular understanding, let me stake out the negative space of this series—what it is not about. It is not a warning; it is not a judgment; it does not moralize. It does not hope to evoke nostalgia for a better time, now lost. It is no sort of environmental protest. It is not a grim document of our current economic condition. The presence of the people who once lived and worked here is unavoidable: their lives had a meaning we can guess at but can never recapture. Still, I am less interested in what people took away from these places than in what they left behind, and what happened to it. What continues to happen to it.
What we mistake for entropy is in fact a different version of order: the slow trans- formation of straight lines into curves and polished surfaces into rough, mottled ones, the unfastening of joints, the unweaving of cloth, the unmooring of words from meaning. Everything hard becomes soft, everything closed becomes open, everything barren becomes fertile."
William Frucht’s photographs have been exhibited at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, and the Fairfield Museum and History Center. This is his first solo exhibition. He is a Danbury resident.
About the Gallery at Still River Editions
The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.
The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.
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