FACTORY | BAU Gallery

Ongoing through October 7th

bau: Beacon Artists Union
506 Main Street – Beacon

IN THE MAIN GALLERY: A Solo Show with Carla Goldberg- Water Under The Bridge
IN THE WINDOWS: Suzy Sureck
THE BEACON ROOM Project Space:  A Solo Cecilie Beck- Factory

IN THE MAIN GALLERY: A Solo Show with Carla Goldberg | Water Under The Bridge

Carla Goldberg’s new series “Water Under The Bridge” came about as a serious attempt to take control by letting go of things that cannot be changed. It’s water under the bridge. The series sets out as a two-part exercise. First is creating works that capture in black and silver something reminiscent of rippling,swirling and flowing patterns in water under the shadow of a bridge. What seems dark is alive with patterns and glints of light penetrating the shadows. The second part of the exercise is to create a show using only reclaimed Plexiglas scraps that were otherwise destined for the dump due to scratches, left over end cuts and old rejected pieces that had dog hair from “Flea” her big fur baby, trapped in resin which made the art pieces unusable for their original purpose. Says Carla, “I never seem to throw anything away, even pieces with dog hair in it. I know down the road I will most likely find a way to create something out of seemingly useless materials but only if I put my mind to it. The anger once induced by a ruined work is released by taking what’sold and ruined and making it new again… And No! I say laughingly, you won’t see any dog hair in the pieces!”

THE BEACON ROOM Project Space: A Solo Cecilie Beck | Factory

I love looking through dirty windows, the smell of old dust, climbing breaking stairs, collecting forgotten tools, opening doors which haven’t been opened for years, walking on fragile floors, running my fingers over crumbling wall paper, sneaking through dark humid basements, feeling the ghosts from another time, being alone in a forgotten building.

September 8th my show FACTORY will open at BAU Gallery in Beacon. When curator and artist Russ Ritell expressed interest in a 2011 installation I had made with items found at Bärenquell Brauerei outside Berlin, I took the train to Beacon and walked around town to see what it had to offer. After visiting the space I walked out in the Sun and decided to take a right. I walked down a street that took a swing towards the town centre. It was met by a road that disappeared into the deep green Spring and as I walked along the way I discovered an old rail road overgrown by grass and held down by rusty iron spikes. The rails where running from a coal storage into the nothingness. It looked like an old freight line, and as I was looking for an abandoned factory this could be the first lead. After walking for a while I asked a local for directions. And sure enough, the railway would take me to a hat factory that turned out to be Tioronda Hat Works – one of the 50 hat factories that was once a part of the pumping economy of Beacon in one of its several industrial prime times.

In the show FACTORY you can catch a glimpse of the history of Beacon in a total installation that plays a soundscape produced by items found in the old industrial town. A town that hosts deserted secrets that aim to be told before Tioronda Hat Works – as the last historical factory in town is torn down as a part of yet another development project in yet another boom in Beacon. Once, before our time, this was a place where hard working women and men spent most of their days, weeks and years. They clocked in, served the machines, conversed over lunch while creating hats that was worn all over the country. Bright colored hats for Sunday mass, big shaded hats for sunny days, fashionable hats for a stroll down Madison Avenue in NYC.