Oct 12, 2015
Visual artist, Randy Hage
, has always been fascinated by the character and often overlooked beauty of aging structures. In the late 90s, he began photographing the cast iron facades in the SoHo area of New York as possible subjects for future art projects (The cast iron and brick structure on this site is a product of that original research). His interest soon moved to the unique street level Mom & Pop storefronts with their hand painted signs, layers of architecture, wonderful patinas and intriguing history. As he continued to photograph these storefronts, it became clear to him that this was becoming more than an art project, it was becoming a documentary project as well. These neighborhood storefronts were closing at an alarming rate, falling victim to large scale redevelopment that was exceeding a normal pace for neighborhood change. Hages storefront project reflects a love for these iconic structures, as well as a passionate interest in the communities that they serve. His sculptures represent more than fading facades, they honor the very soul of the cityâ€¦its people. Randy Hage has been creating sets, models, and props for the TV/Film and small scale hobby industries for over 25 years. He is a former instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, where he taught set and prop fabrication.