Pin It

Parting Shot: China Jorrin 

click to enlarge Photographs of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center by China Jorrin: The Administration Building, 2007. - CHINA JORRIN
  • China Jorrin
  • Photographs of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center by China Jorrin: The Administration Building, 2007.
click to enlarge Suitcases, 2007 - CHINA JORRIN
click to enlarge Theater, 2006. - CHINA JORRIN

China Jorrin on her photographs of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie:

"From 2005 to 2007, I photographed the grounds and interiors of the hospital. The first time I went inside the main building, I was struck by the smell (mold, decay) and the sound (smoke detectors whose batteries were running out created a constant beep, sounding from all different directions). There was a feeling of haunting sadness—during its heyday, 6,000 patients entered their somber new reality through these doors. Then there was the chaos: desks on their sides, filing cabinets upended, office furniture scattered throughout the hallways and rooms. As I wandered through these spaces, I began to see the incredible patterns that the decay had left behind: the peeling plaster, the water damaged walls. And although I was aware of beauty in these patterns, I also saw something in the shadows—a flickering remembrance of the multitude who spent their lives here, sequestered, forgotten."

China Jorrin's photographs of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center will be exhibited at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street in Hudson, through February 12. (518) 822-1438; www.hudsonoperahouse.org. Portfolio: www.chinajorrin.com.

Speaking of...

  • Photographs from China Jorrin's Hudson River Psychiatric Center series.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • On the Cover: Carolita Johnson

    Growing up in Queens, Carolita Johnson was oblivious to everything. Politics existed in the periphery, and drawing was a hobby best executed in Bic pen on computer paper. Now she's a cartoonist who regularly publishes in the New Yorker.
    • Jul 1, 2015
  • Field and Dream: Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm

    Over 70 artists from the Hudson Valley and beyond have assembled animal-friendly sculptures to complement the surrounding landscapes—grazing cows and horses are imagined to admire the pieces while they dine.
    • Sep 1, 2015

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Birds: Enduring Feathered Creatures

Mondays-Fridays. Continues through Oct. 15 — Art exhibit focusing on birds, featuring paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures....

Colleagues: Hidden Talents 2016

Mondays-Fridays. Continues through Oct. 1 — Exhibit of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, 3-dimensional works, collages, fabric art, stitchery,...

View all of today's events

Latest in Visual Art

Related to Visual Art

More by Chronogram Staff

Hudson Valley Tweets