The Dust: American Matter
11/2017 - ongoing
To view the outside portion of the installation, drive by. We recommend night viewing. Full installation: call ahead for an appointment/instructions for entry.
Special thanks to:
Joe Scaramuzzino and Coatesville Scrap Iron & Metal Co. Inc. for 5 tons of shredded metal on loan for The Dust.
'Shandor Hassan's Shack', and 'Haunted', on the Lebbeus Woods blog. https://www.works.io/shandor-hassan
Shandor Hassan's site-specific installation, in Street Road’s former mushroom farming house, is a meditation on American production and automobile cultures. The work consists of recycled materials from rural Pennsylvanian metal and auto recycling plants. This large scale American wasteland-dreamscape reflects upon a collective folk-roadway, American cultural memory, and diminishing American idealism.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1968, Hassan lives in Brooklyn, NY. He works in the media of photography, installations, found materials and furniture and building. He holds a BFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, was a Fulbright scholar to Hungary (2008-2010), a NYFA recipient (2016), and a NYSCA recipient for the Québec Arts/Exchange Residency (2017). He participated in the Istanbul Biennial in 2005 and the Budapest OFF Biennial MUSEUM in 2015 and was a faculty member of the International Center of Photography from 1999-2008. He has been exhibiting in New York City and internationally since 1995 and will be in residence at ZK/U Berlin, Germany in the Fall and Winter 2017.
In connection with The Dust: American Matter, Hassan has been awarded a 2019 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts / Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance grant to develop public programming and a publication.
This includes documents of the installation process at Street Road, locations from which materials were collected, photographs from the environment of Pennsylvania roadside culture, and the general landscapes that surround Street Road, including its nearby small towns and rural spaces. Conversations with locals Shandor met and spoke with during the process are also included.