American Reclamation: Next Stop Atlantic by Stephen Mallon; curated by Michele Jaslow
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
Most people look at construction sites and machinery and see nothing more than concrete and steel. I look at them and see both a surreal beauty and the wonder of their engineering. This exhibition features work from my series American Reclamation: Next Stop Atlantic, where I documented the progress of the subway cars on their destination out to sea from 2008 to 2011 as a result of NYC’s MTA joining the artificial reef-building program off the east coast of the U.S. in 2000. The moment the car hits the water there’s this Titanic-esque moment when the water overtakes the car as it sinks. It’s incredibly fast—from the moment it’s picked up and thrown overboard for the fishes. The change from seeing steel lying on a barge out in the Atlantic to watching water rush in as it hits the ocean is quite dramatic.
Stephen Mallon’s photos have been honored by Communication Arts, Photo District News, The New York Photo Festival, the Lucie Awards, International Color Awards, and Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass top 50. In 2010 Stephen’s solo exhibition Next Stop Atlantic was received with great praise from the likes of The New York Times, National Public Radio, GQ, The Atlantic, and Fast Company. This body of work has been shown at the Look 3 photo festival in Charlottesville, Miami, St. Louis, and Rome. He is also a leader in the photo community. Since 2002, he has been a board member of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and served as president from 2006 to 2009.
Photo © Doug Menuez
Michele Jaslow is an independent art curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Through her efforts curating art shows in conventional gallery spaces and alternative settings she has developed a reputation for devotion to supporting emerging and established contemporary artists who ask tough questions and pursue perfection of their work’s vision.