RashmiT_ModernArch_signature image_smallUrban Legends of Modern Archaeology
Rashmi Talpade

January 11 – February 24, 2019
ArtWalk, 3rd Floor
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 11, 5:30 p.m.

“Urban Legends of Modern Archaeology” is an exhibition of collages that follow the urban legends of industrial relics and abandoned factories as they merge with nature’s relentless march across man-made waste and environmental abuse. It reflects our world in normal day-to-day photographs of seemingly ordinary objects, where our not so recent past collides and merges with our constantly changing environment today.  Modern Archaeology is a narrative of our previous and current successes that, while coexisting together, differ in many different ways.  One time icons of success, large manufacturing facilities, which have fallen into disrepair are just a few miles away from modern office buildings in suburban business parks.  While the environmentally friendly highly automated office complexes seek to preserve our planet, the factories of the past ignored the environment but provided jobs and livelihoods to ordinary people.  These different ideas indicate changing times, shifting dynamics and complex issues which we as a country have to deal with in the future.

Special thanks to Bank of America and the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation for their support of the 2018-2019 ArtWalk season.