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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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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)

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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