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category:  Apocalyptic Archaeology
Mixed media box entitled
Ghosts Of Bronxes Past

This mixed media box is the result of a trip my father took me on, to his old neighborhood in the Bronx almost 30 years ago.  I took some Ektachrome slides that day of his old "haunts" - and looking at the slides now they seem like the remnants of a post-apocalyptic world.  The Bronx of his childhood was full of life, but the Bronx of several decades ago was filled with old, decayed buildings that were largely abandoned.  Instead of windows, there were "fake windows with fake plants" in many of the buildings, which made them look not lived in, but more like something out of a Twilight Zone episode.   By now, the Bronx has been somewhat rejuvenated, and the world represented by this box (a world which existed between the old and new Bronx) no longer exists.  The photograph in the background (printed in black and white on textured Japanese paper) is of one of the old, abandoned buildings we saw that day.  The small, simple, primal sculptures represent ghosts of the past, the people my father knew, who lived in the Bronx he knew, but are no longer there.  The man in the photograph is me.  The photo was taken fairly recently, but the image might represent the way I looked as I looked up at the buildings that day, with amazement and some horror.  The blue tinted photo is slightly shaded out by some strategically placed oil stick - this almost makes me appear as a ghost - as if I am about to disappear back into the box - back into in the past - along with the rest of the past that disappeared - as the old Bronx died, before the new one was born.  I  truly sensed disappearance that day, on a massive scale,and this work represents the feeling I had.  The memories of that day linger to this day, and will remain with me, I am sure, for the rest of my life.

Materials: 

Wooden box, wooden sculpture, plaster sculpure, collaged photographs, acrylic paint, oil stick, piece of tree branch, collaged paper. rope.