In the mid-1700s a series of events transformed Europe and, subsequently, the New World from a primarily agrarian economy to one in which tools and machinery gave rise to the factory system of mass production and automation.
Initially, production of textiles was the dominant industry and the first to use the modern production methods of the time. In the decades that followed, new manufacturing methods were used to produce steel, chemicals, cement, plate glass, paper, vehicles, and most of the commodities used in daily life.
The Industrial Revolution was a major turning point in Western history and it affected almost every aspect of society. Historians and economists say that it paved the way for a sustained increase in population growth and standard of living that extended into the 19th and 20th centuries.
Over the ensuing years, as business waxed and waned, many of these large factories—and the items they produced—were abandoned and left to be reclaimed by nature. Some were renovated and evolved to be repurposed for various uses. We’ve chosen this theme for our first major show at Pause Gallery in homage to our home in the historic building that housed the Troy Record newspaper for more than a century.
Industrial (R)Evolution features photography and sculpture by ten visual artists, featuring urban exploration, antique and abandoned vehicles, and objects using reclaimed materials. These diverse works exemplify the beauty that can be found in reclamation, and even in decay.
Photography: Ray Felix, Julie Herman, Karen Johnson, Karen Osborne, Brittany Quackenbush, Josh Snitkoff, Lou Snitkoff, Ralph Stark
Sculpture: Richard Haining, Diane Segal