Christopher Payne (USA) - Textiles (2010-2014)

Christopher Payne specializes in the documentation of America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by how things are purposefully designed and constructed, and how they work. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway, offered dramatic, rare views of the behemoth machines that are hidden behind modest facades in New York City. His second book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, which includes an essay by the renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, was the result of a seven-year survey of America’s vast and largely shuttered state mental institutions. Payne’s forthcoming book, North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City, explores an uninhabited island of ruins in the East River. Payne’s photographs invoke the former grandeur of the site over different seasons, capturing hints of buried streets and infrastructure now reclaimed by nature, while also offering a unique glimpse into a city’s future without people.

Payne’s recent work, including a series in progress on the American textile industry, has veered away from the documentation of the obsolete towards a celebration of craftsmanship and small-scale manufacturing that are persevering in the face of global competition and evolutions in industrial processes. Nearing completion is One Steinway Place, a tour through the famous Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, Queens. Here a team of skilled workers creates exquisite instruments considered to be some of the finest in the world. Payne captures moments of the choreographies of production and assembly, and inspects the parts and pieces of the instruments that will never be visible outside of the factory, telling a story of intricacy, precision, and care he fears is becoming all too rare in the American workplace.

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[more Christopher Payne | artist found at photojojo]

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This is a piece by Ed Ruscha recently installed beside the High Line park in New York – the first Ruscha painting, I am told, installed as a mural outside. So much of Ruscha’s work has always seemed to draw subjects and visuals from the streets around him, so it’s great to see that imagery reinserted into its native habitat. It’s almost possible to imagine a new Ruscha that appropriates parts of this mural, as a (very) assisted readymade.

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This is a piece by Ed Ruscha recently installed beside the High Line park in New York – the first Ruscha painting, I am told, installed as a mural outside. So much of Ruscha’s work has always seemed to draw subjects and visuals from the streets around him, so it’s great to see that imagery reinserted into its native habitat. It’s almost possible to imagine a new Ruscha that appropriates parts of this mural, as a (very) assisted readymade.

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The married artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, 79 years ago: June 13, 1935.Renowned for their international site-specific artworks, the couple is seen here in our Great Stair Hall, which is wrapped—in their signature fashion—in conjunction with the first Earth Day, in 1970.

Wrapped Stairway, Floor and Walls, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania,PA. (Photo: Harry Shunk © 1970 Christo)

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Photo from the Fly Away Zine Mobile blog

The idea is that on Friday July 11 we’ll ride the F-train to the end of the line and back a few times, focused mostly on writing and drawing. MEET: 12 noon on the 4th Avenue & 9th St. stop on the Queens bound F train, rear of the platform. We’ll board as a group at 12:15.

Folks can do editing and layout work on their own over the weekend, if they’re so inclined.

On Monday July 14 we’ll ride the Staten Island Ferry back and forth as many times as it takes to assemble our zines. MEET: 12 noon on the Manhattan side of the Staten Island Ferry. We’ll board the boat that leaves closest to 12:15.

BRING: art materials, office supplies, snacks, tunes and decorations to share.

Contact zines@barnard.edu to RSVP (if you want), ask questions or make suggestions.

PS: People in other cities are welcome to riff on this idea!

Carl Andre Chart of Materials, 1958-2011:The image above shows a two-page spread in the YUP-published catalogue of a ‘periodic table’ of materials used by Andre during his career. The chart was produced by Dia curatorial associate Manuel Cirauqui. 

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Andre’s work is featured in "Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010," a retrospective organized by the Dia Art Foundation and co-curated by Yasmil Raymond and Philippe Vergne. The show will be on view at Dia’s museum in Beacon, New York through March 2, 2015, after which it will travel to Madrid, Berlin and Paris.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Carl Andre. Listen to or download this week’s program: on SoundCloud, via direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:

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