Industrial Color

Industrial Color

Photos: Mike Selsky
Words: Adam Johnston

The early Moderns were inspired by places of work – nondescript industrial buildings with their clean lines, utilitarian concerns, economical materials, form following function ad infinitum. An entirely new landscape was built with a language rooted in simplicity, honesty, and severity. The spectrum of grays found in poured concrete, sheet metal, exposed iron and painted brick would come to color our modern world. Industry was consigned to corridors of nameless low buildings lining wide, empty streets on the other side of the tracks, of the power lines, of the bridge, of the river. And there, left alone, it would flower.