American Dream. . .or Pandemic Nightmare?
After over 20 years of ownership changes, construction delays, and financial and legal challenges, the American Dream Mall was slated to open, finally, in March 2020, but then was forced to close temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One day, I decided to make a few photographs of this giant retail, sports and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (I’m primarily a painter of industrial and architectural realism, but I take numerous photographs for reference.)
No people, no cars, no action… nada. Eerily pristine and quiet. American Dream has not as yet scheduled a re-opening date.
Allan Gorman’s resume includes over 120 exhibition showings in museums, galleries and major art fairs. He was the recipient of a Fellowship for Painting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and was awarded resident fellowships to Vermont Studio Center in 2011, 2014 and 2018. In 2016, he was selected for a fellowship residency by the ESKFF Foundation at Mana Contemporary. Gorman maintains a studio practice in Kearny, New Jersey.