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Maker(s):Culverwell, David T.
Culture:American (1944-2013)
Title:Stones, Pt. Lobos
Date Made:1980
Materials:Type R color print
Measurements:sheet: 8 1/16 x 10 1/16; Image 7 5/8 x 10 1/16"
Accession Number:  AC 2013.22
Credit Line:GIft of Charles C. Eldredge (Class of 1966) in memory of the artist (Class of 1966)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Two rocks fill the frame of this photograph. The left and right rocks are separated by a crack in the yellow and dusty grey-purple ground. The rocks are composed of tiny grains and sit in a sandy valley. The light violets, warm browns, and dusty greys of the image harmonize the photo in light of its still, quiet subjects.

Label Text:
Culverwell’s tightly cropped, poetically composed, near-monochromatic image may constitute an homage to Edward Weston, the pioneer of modern photography who maintained a home for two decades near the depicted site, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California, where Weston honed his skills as a landscape photographer. In Culverwell’s photograph, the positioning of the stones at the edge of the frame, and the camera’s focus on the crack that runs between them, captures a sense of impassable distance between the two similar, geographically proximate, objects. Culverwell, who majored in art and the history of art at Amherst College, made time for photography amid a busy career in personal computer and medical publishing, technology-based business consulting, and online career-management services.

EEB, 2014

abstract; nature; rocks; contemplation

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