Current Location:
Lake Superior Hall -> 2nd Floor (LSH)
Location Notes:
LSH; 2nd fl., Across from Rm. 226

Western House Springville, NY

Artwork
Identifier:
1999.747.1f
Artist:
David Plowden
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Black and White Photograph
Date:
1992
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 9.5 in Width: 10 in
Description:
Symmetrical black and white photograph of interior of saloon/bar; small table and chairs between two arched doorways; American flag on wall above table.
Historical Context:
David Plowden's photographs focus on the struggle between civilization and nature, old and new. In his photographs and writing he explores the beauty, power, light and significance of once commonplace icons, capturing the visual texture of a bygone America on the verge of vanishing. Not merely nostalgic however, Plowden's photographs often include "found objects" as subjects in highly constructed compositions more about light and shadow contrasts than subject alone. Above all, Plowden's images capture an intimacy that brings subject and viewer into close proximity.

Library of Congress Subjects:
Photographs
Historic sites