LA River Cat (Black) Canvas Print by Randy Hage
24″ x 24″ x 1.5″, Canvas Print, Not Framed, Not Signed
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Facade by Randy Hage from October 10th to November 18th, 2015
Previous Exhibitions at Flower Pepper Gallery:
- 3rd Year Anniversary Show from December 6th, 2014 to January 6th, 2015
- Group Show: Minuscule from May 3rd to June 6th, 2014
- Solo Show: Fleeting Moments – The Art of Randy Hage from October 5th to November 15th, 2013
- Solo Show: NYC Store Fronts by Randy Hage from May 19th to June 21st, 2012
Visual artist, Randy Hage, has always been fascinated by the character and often overlooked beauty of aging structures. In the late 90s, he began photographing the cast iron facades in the SoHo area of New York as possible subjects for future art projects (The cast iron and brick structure on this site is a product of that original research). His interest soon moved to the unique street level Mom & Pop storefronts with their hand painted signs, layers of architecture, wonderful patinas and intriguing history.
As he continued to photograph these storefronts, it became clear to him that this was becoming more than an art project; it was becoming a documentary project as well. These neighborhood storefronts were closing at an alarming rate, falling victim to large-scale redevelopment that was exceeding a normal pace for neighborhood change.
Hage’s work not only seeks to preserve a vision of the past, but also to call attention to the loss of established and diverse neighborhoods as urban renewal and gentrification displace the store owners and the area residents who make up the tapestry of these communities. Over the past 12 years, Hage has photographed more than 450 storefronts and in that time, more than 60% of those have closed or have been torn down.
Hage’s storefront project reflects a love for these iconic structures, as well as a passionate interest in the communities that they serve. His sculptures represent more than fading facades, they honor the very soul of the city, its people.
Randy Hage has been creating sets, models, and props for the TV/Film and small-scale hobby industries for over 25 years. He is a former instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, where he taught set and prop fabrication.
Artist Website: http://newyorkstorefronts.com
New Mini New Works by Jeremiah Moss at Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York Blog on September 14th, 2015: http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2015/09/new-mini-new-yorks.html
News & Articles About Randy and His Works:
News on actual store: Pearl Paint
TimeOut New York
New York Art World Landmark Pearl Paint may be closing
After 71 years on Canal Street, time and gentrification seem to have caught up with another New York icon
By Howard Halle, April 10th, 2014
The New York Times:
Patrons of 2 Stores Ponder a Loss of Music and Color
J&R and Pearl Paint Reflect Changing Retail Landscape
By James Barron, April 10th, 2014
New Yorkers Can’t Deal with Pearl Paints Closure
The sad, artistic death of the famed Canal Street art store and its downtown cousins
By Fernanda DeSouza, April 22th, 2014