Richard Gilles, "Untitled (#734)", from the "Power Plant" series, 2004, Ultrachrome print

Richard Gilles, “Untitled (#734)”, from the “Power Plant” series, 2004, Ultrachrome print

Richard Gilles

On the edge of the San Francisco Bay sits an abandoned, decaying power plant full of electrical generating equipment that has been stripped of its use. This plant has become an environmental canvas and playground for young anonymous artists. These artists have transformed a scene of decay into a wonderland of color and shape. With these photographs I attempted to capture the sense of amazement and wonder I experienced when first stumbling on this scene. Returning many times to the plant to photograph, I am amazed at the continued transformation. The solidity of large iron equipment, in muted, rusted, industrial colors is contrasted by the temporal nature of graffiti art. These artists have no inhibitions adding or painting comments or bright colors over another’s piece.

Richard Gilles studied at San Francisco State University, and has been in numerous exhibitions including a one person show at the San Francisco State University, and group shows including those at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA; B. J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington, NY; Santa Cruz Art League in Santa Cruz, CA; Larson Gallery in Yakima, WA; the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX; the Thomas Center Galleries in Gainesville, FL, the Art Association of Newport, RI; and the Downtown Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, NM.