Alyssha Eve Csuk, As Time Goes By

October 16 – January 3, 2021 2020-10-16 09:00:00 2021-01-03 09:00:00 15 Alyssha Eve Csuk, As Time Goes By Banana Factory Hallway true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Banana Factory Hallway

Click the button below to view the digital exhitibion. The Banana Factory will also be offering limited capacity, in-person gallery tours of this exhibit on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 10 a.m, in accordance with all CDC, city and state health and safety guidelines.

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A collection of abstract photographic prints from photographer Alyssha Eve Csuk, covering sites from the Bethlehem Steel to slate quarries and scrap yards across the United States.

Condensed Artist Statement:
What does the passing of 25 years look like? Just as men turn grey and age, metal rusts, and even stone fades. There is death and rebirth. In these images I seek to capture the beauty that only time can reveal. These abstracts, initially inspired by my exploration of the defunct Bethlehem Steel site, have evolved to other facets of industry – slate quarries and scrapyards. Works from the Slate Abstracts collection features ancient deposits of slate, millions of years in the making, unearthed and roughed by the hands and tools of quarrymen. Works from the Abstract Portraits of Steel and The Yards collections capture an ephemeral beauty of the various incarnations between the fiery rebirths of steelmaking. -Alyssha Eve Csuk

About the Artist:
Alyssha Eve Csük, is a fine art photographer, professor and commercial photographer. Her fascination of places of bygone industry, began in late 2003. Csük grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, hometown of what was once the second largest steel companies in the world, Bethlehem Steel. Bethlehem was a mill town that could measure its successes by the inches of ash on its townspeople’s windowsills. And, it was work at the steel mill that brought her Windish ancestors from Slovenia to America. Her grandfather worked at the mill for 36 yrs until his death. More than two decades later at the start of her studies in design and photography, Csük would be drawn to the dormant black mammoth-like beast... which would become her muse that lead to a successful photo career. To date, Csük has spent a great deal of time in some of the iconic industrial ruins in America and as she states emphatically, “while I was experiencing the ruins as an artist during a bygone state, I always felt quite deeply the loss of the manufacturing and production and a longing for the great era in American history.” Csük’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally, in various magazines (American Photo, The Saturday Evening Post, The Atlantic), the New York Times, NPR radio, and the entire Fifth Chapter (Indiana Jane) of the book RUST – The Longest War (2015). The exposure from being written about in the book, RUST The Longest War, has resulted in Csük being added to the Timeline of Women in America (year 2004 for when she started photographing at the Bethlehem Steel site). The timeline is used by students K-12. Csük is honored to be included in this timeline with all the incredibly talented and fascinating women dating back to 1800.

Venue Information
Banana Factory Hallway
Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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