Frank Gohlke: Ten Minutes in North Texas, No. 4, 1995/2011, gelatin silver print, 53” x 38” Image courtesy of Frank Gohlke and the Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
Frank Gohlke: Miles and Miles of Things I've Never Seen
December 7, 2012 – January 27, 2013
The University Art Gallery is pleased to present Miles and Miles of Things I’ve Never Seen, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs by renowned photographer Frank Gohlke from December 7, 2012 to January 27, 2013. The opening reception is Thursday, December 13, from 6 to 9 pm, with the Artist Talk at 7 pm. The Gallery is located at the Star Store Campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Downtown New Bedford.
Time and space come together in the first set of Gohlke’s pictures, Ten Minutes in North Texas. This series focuses on the use of the horizon as the central figure in the photographs. “I wondered whether it might be possible to make work that was about the horizon and nothing else,” stated Gohlke. Each piece shows two photographs of the same location, taken only ten minutes apart. The flat landscape and the placement of the pictures, stacked one on top of the other emphasizes the stark contrast between land and sky. The minimal changes between the two pictures strengthen that contrast by having them be the only differences the eye can see.
Frank Gohlke takes his concepts of space in a different direction with the use of interior photography in the work Unpacked. Instead of emphasizing the horizon, he completely obscures it. Instead of changing the time, he changes the perspective. With this approach the viewer must look at the visual space in the photos, seeing them not as flat pictures but as three-dimensional objects. Inspired by Gohlke’s loss of a sense of place by a move from New England to Arizona, this work forces the viewer to feel physically placed within the images.
Frank Gohlke is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC.
Frank Gohlke, born in 1942, is a leading figure in American landscape photography. He has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Known for his large format black-and-white landscape images, Gohlke's work has been shown at museums all over the world and included in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the Australian National Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada and the Walker Art Center.