Aug 29, 2008

Gordon Park, Cleveland; View Northwest

Gordon Park, Cleveland; View Northwest


Frank Gohlke

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.3 x 34.4 cm (9 9/16 x 13 9/16 in.); Paper: 27.9 x 35.3 cm (11 x 13 7/8 in.); Matted: 45.1 x 52.7 cm (17 3/4 x 20 3/4 in.)

The George Gund Foundation Collection in honor of David Bergholz, The Cleveland Museum of Art 2008.77



In 1997 internationally acclaimed landscape photographer Gohlke was commissioned by the George Gund Foundation to create a new body of work examining Lake Erie and its shoreline in Cuyahoga County. In pursuing his interest in documenting the fraught relationship between people and place, he recorded how living, working, and recreational spaces were carved out of the shoreline of this Great Lake. In this well-composed picture, he was attracted by a small slice of undisturbed landscape, ordinary in its unassuming makeup. The intimacy of shallow standing water is contrasted by the vast expanse of the lake, barely visible above the embankment. This image could be a visual metaphor for his description of Lake Erie: "It’s a pond one minute and an ocean the next."

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