new rusted steel work
My art work is about capturing time and place, and transforming it into a physical object that resonates history. I find my subjects and inspiration by exploring decaying graffiti-covered industrial landscapes. I aim to create moody, atmospheric images that memorialize these forgotten, dilapidated places. My inspiration comes from quiet places that reverberate with an energy of struggle and change.
The abandoned Blue Heron Paper Mill in Oregon City and the abandoned Linnton Plywood Association buildings are the subjects of the rusted steel panels for my show, Old Growth. These two defunct forest product companies that I explored, were a part of the natural resource industry that built our whole region. Timber companies are fading and technology businesses are growing fast. With an exploding population in our cites, the whole region is under going a transformation. The decaying industrial structures that I recreate in my work are a reflection on the rapidly changing transitional era that we live in.
The controlled rusting process that I use to develop my rusted images on steel plates involves silkscreen, nitric acid, and time. I edit my photos both digitally and by hand during the silkscreen process. After the silk screened images are on the steel panels, the panels are soaked in an acid bath to trigger the rusting process. I remove the steel from the acid and leave it to sit and decay over a period of months. To finish the pieces, they are sealed with a clear top coat. The oxidation slows down dramatically, enough to preserve the rusted image, but the process of decay will slowly change the color of the image over time.
For more artwork by Garrett Price visit www.garrettpriceart.com