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Alan Shepp
American, b. 1935
The artist is drawn to the abandoned industrial landscape and celebrates the history of work, industry and workers. His large-scale pentaptych illustrates the Welfare Room of Bethlehem Steel in eastern Pennsylvania. The Welfare Room was the name for the locker room where the mill employees changed into their work closthes. The buckets and hooks depicted were used by them to hold their clothing and valuables while they were working. Each bucket would be hoisted up to the ceiling, then padlocked to a numbered post to keep them secure. Working with Magnolia Editions in Oakloand, California, the artist often uses found photographs (or collaborats with contemporary photographers), which are electronically enlarged and then pigment printed onto thick sheets of slate. In his studio, he sand-blasts the images in low-relief onto the slate, giving dimension to the objects and then paints over each bucket and hook to enhance their details.

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