Jeff Brouws: The Machine In The Garden, Recent Photographs, 2009-2011
Jeff Brouws: The Machine In The Garden, Recent Photographs, 2009-2011 at Robert Mann Gallery. "...Jeff Brouws began a body of work in which he investigates the forgotten legacy of the numerous competing railroads servicing Dutchess County in Upstate New York during the late 19th Century and into the first-third of the 20th. With The Machine in the Garden, Brouws masterfully shines a light on the vicissitudes of capital that govern the successive layers — material and psychological — of economic and cultural infrastructure. And indeed the railroad is a cultural phenomenon as much as anything else: as the dominant mechanism of growth and development in the 19th Century, it fundamentally determined the way that people and communities related to one another. Like nothing that came before, the railroad restructured the modern organization of time and space. And yet that time would seem to have passed." More... Works by Jeff Brouws at his personal site.