My Muse Feel the Rust – The Works of Robert LaMarche at Portland’s As-1 Gallery
Several years ago I had the opportunity to share the exploration of an abandoned industrial site along the coast of Maine with photographer Robert LaMarche. The building, machinery and cast-off contents had long fallen into disrepair, and his photographs of the scene demonstrate that rust and graffiti indeed go hand in hand.
As we cautiously picked our way through the contaminated warehouse/factory it was impossible to avoid feeling that the atmosphere was faintly and mysteriously ominous. Yet the creator ghosts seemed not to be threatened by our presence – perhaps they were pleased to have their truths heard and their art appreciated. Surely there was some magic at work that day…we were respectful in our viewing, treading in homage and did not “wake the rust.”*
A selection of these photos are on exhibit at the As 1 Gallery in Portland, Maine’s Old Port through the end of March, 2015. These images are a powerfully visceral experience and portray art that was created over time in multiple layers and by many artists unknown. Don’t miss the Photographer’s Reception on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 5-8:00 p.m.
The title of this post was inspired from a poem “Trust the Rust*,” written by Buford Youthward (pen name) at Art Crimes.