Stages of Decay
By Julia Solis
(Mark Batty Publisher, Hardcover, 9781935613466, 144pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Stages of Decay is a collection of photographs of abandoned and deteriorating performance spaces. At one point, all of these spaces were places of entertainment and pleasure, hosting everything from Vaudeville musicals to rock 'n' roll concerts. The book focuses on the actual stages as they become disfigured by neglect, as the decay advances from mold to collapsing roofs. Stages of Decay is a glimpse at what happens after the final curtain has dropped.
The project depicts over one hundred stages in the US and Europe, relying on photographs shot over the last few years. Many of these locations no longer exist, though their historic, architectural, and metaphorical relevance remains intact.
Julia Solis conducts archaeological parlor games and investigates ruined urban spaces. As the founder of Dark Passage, she started the creative preservation group Ars Subterranea in 2002 with the object of staging scavenger hunts and exhibitions in unusual locations in New York. She is an officer of the Madagascar Institute and Place in History, the executive producer of the film American Ruins, a co-founder of Furnace Press, and recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her publications include New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City and Scrub Station.