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Title: Clouds and Field, Southern SK

Date: 1990

Creator: Orest Semchishen

Additional Creator Information: Canadian (b. 1932)

Medium: silver gelatin print

Semchishen's photographs are direct and simple. He revels in the clean forms and expansive skies of the prairies. Here, the horizon is countered by the fence posts, while the curved form of the stone is complimented by the soft curves of the solitary cloud. The receding fence pushes the eye into the near infinity of the field. By exploiting the simple balance and natural state of the landscape, the artist is letting it speak for itself.

What sort of feelings do prairie landscapes evoke in you? Why are artists drawn to these minimal landscapes?

Collection Area: Art

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum; Gift of the Artist, 2008

Catalogue No: 2008.055.473

Image No: P0017636

Learn More:
This artwork can be used in conjunction with Place: Transformation and Change education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.

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