Sweet Ruin, a last look at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery

Front Room Gallery presents a solo exhibition of photographs by Paul Raphaelson, entitled "Sweet Ruin

Sweet Ruin, a last look at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery

Front Room Gallery presents a solo exhibition of photographs by Paul Raphaelson, entitled "Sweet Ruin," opening December 8, 2017, and running through January 14, 2018.  Raphaelson's photographs taken at the site of Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery chronicle the final state of the once bustling industrial complex before its dismantling and demolition. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for December 15, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm.

Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery, once the largest in the world, shut down in 2004 after a long struggle. Most New Yorkers know this 135-year-old industrial relic only as an icon on the skyline, its exterior and beloved Domino sign reproduced on countless T-shirts and skateboard graphics. In 2013, Paul Raphaelson, known for his formally intricate urban landscape photographs received permission from the developers of the Domino site to explore every square foot of the refinery just weeks before its gutting and demolition. Raphaelson is the last photographer given access to the factory. The Refinery was demolitied in 2014; a book of Raphaelson's work was published during Fall 2017.

Paul Raphaelson is a visual artist best know for urban landscape photographs, mostly made in liminal spaces between the residential and industrial, occupied and abandoned, domesticated and feral.

Paul Raphaelson: Sweet Ruin

 

From PDN PHOTO of the Day Photo District News, November 14, 2017

In 2013, Paul Raphaelson read about the planned demolition and renovation of Domino's Brooklyn Sugar Refinery, a massive complex on the East River that at one time processed more than half the sugar used in the United States. As a photographer with an interest in the urban landscape, Raphaelson felt a particular urgency about the buildings.

As he writes in his new book Brooklyn's Sweet Ruin: Relics and Stories of the Domino Sugar Refinery, published by Schiffer, photographing the refinery, "seemed like an opportunity—of what kind I didn't know—about to slip away," as the buildings were taken down and refurbished for a new life as luxury residential housing. After six months of negotiating, the building's developers offered Raphaelson a day of access to photograph in August, which led to a book proposal and a week of access the following October.

 

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Brooklyn's Sweet Ruin: Relics and Stories of the Domino Sugar Refinery

 

ABOUT FRONT ROOM GALLERY

Since 1999, The Front Room Gallery has been dedicated to exhibiting artwork by emerging and mid-career artists with a concentration on photography, conceptual art, video, audio art, and installation. In March of 2017 the gallery relocated to Manhattan's Lower East Side, to its new location at 48 Hester Street.

The gallery's contemporary art program balances a strength in photography with contemporary painting and installation.

They gallery is open Wed-Sun, 1-6pm.

 

Paul Raphaelson: Sweet Ruin
Paul Raphaelson: Sweet Ruin