DiCorcia at Tramps gallery

I saw the Philip Lorca diCorcia exhibit yesterday at the Tramp gallery in Chinatown.

I became familiar with diCorcia’s work in photography after living for several years at 80 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, Connecticut, a modern house built in 1951 and designed by diCorcia’s father, Philip Joseph diCorcia.

I’ve seen several of the photographs Tramps included in the exhibit in diCorcia’s books, and in MoMA’s online collection of diCorcia’s work. The two Mario photographs on diCorcia’s MoMA page were taken inside 80 Elizabeth Street.

This was the first time I viewed diCorcia’s work in person. His unique photographs and extraordinary eye for detail tell powerful and often moving stories.

This was also my first time visiting Tramps at 75 East Broadway. It’s an interesting space, for sure.

The gallery is on the second floor of a small Chinatown shopping mall located directly under the Manhattan Bridge.

There are several shops on the main level. A food store and outdoor fruit and vegetable market are located in the back of the first floor.

The gallery is entered by taking the stairs or elevator to the second floor where there are a couple more shops and where Tramps has taken over many of the relatively small spaces.

The second floor spaces were clearly designed for office or retail use. Some of the spaces are empty and some are in need of maintenance and repair.

But the converted retail shops work beautifully as exhibition spaces and the diCorcia exhibit showed well in these areas.

There’s been a bit of a public dust-up pertaining to the appropriateness of using this Chinatown shopping location as an art gallery.

I’m a fan of how Tramps has transformed a good part of what appears to be difficult to rent spaces into a gallery. It’s a very unique space in a building I enjoyed visiting.

russ deveau blog dicorcia at tramps gallery new york

I took these pictures yesterday. The upper image shows the exterior of 75 East Broadway. Tramps is on the second floor of this Chinatown retail mall. The bottom three images give a glimpse of some of the converted retail spaces used by Tramps during the diCorcia exhibition.

The diCorcia exhibit closes this coming Sunday, on April 14th. – Russ DeVeau

A writer’s gotta write…#industry4.0 #industrie4.0

Russ DeVeau Forest Hills author writer New York City

I was recently asked to consider collaborating on a new book focused largely on some of the issues, technologies and organizations helping to drive the Industry 4.0 (Industrie 4.0 for my pals in Europe) revolution. It’s an honor to be asked to participate in the book and an even greater honor to be crossing paths with many of the players in the digital transformation industry as I look at preparing for the project.

It’s been a long time since my first technology book, Fiber Optic Lighting, A Guide for Specifiers, was published. That book was one of the first books written on the subject of how fiber optics could be used to illuminate architectural and museum environments. With original research sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the educational text was well reviewed, released in multiple languages, and acquired by libraries around the world.

The publishing industry has changed dramatically since I wrote Fiber Optic Lighting, A Guide for Specifiers. But the need for high-quality and well-written resources designed to help a wide range of audiences get up to speed on new technologies has not. This is why I’m looking forward to participating in the development of a book focused on Industry 4.0 initiatives. It’s an exciting time to be writing about this fast-moving industry.

The photo above shows two of the covers that were used for my book on fiber optics. The photo on the left is of the first edition of the book, which was published by UpWord Publishing. UpWord was a firm launched by Craig DiLouie. Craig, at the time, was also Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Lighting Magazine, a top-tier media outlet where I’ve contributed articles focused on lighting technology and design. The image on the right is of an updated version of the book published by the Fairmont Press.

I wrote part of this book at the art center at 111 First Street in Jersey City, where I shared studio and loft space with my friend Irina Nahkova.

I started the book when I was living at 80 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, Connecticut, the former residence of the diCorcia family. The 80 Elizabeth Street home was designed by Philip J. diCorcia, with input from Philip Johnson.

The art center and 80 Elizabeth Street were often great environments to create and write.

I discuss the diCorcia home in a bit more detail – and show a few pictures of how the house looked during the years when I lived at 80 Elizabeth Street – on my Hartford College for Women blog. – Russ DeVeau