David Plowden: An American Master

David Plowden: An American Master


David Plowden: An American Master celebrates the photographer’s recent gift to the museum of a selection of his key images made over the course of his more than 60 year career. Plowden’s hopeful and elegiac images express a personal vision infused with a sense of wonder and reverence for the American landscape and the ingenuity of man.

Including more than 70 images, the exhibition carefully follows Plowden’s exploration of the medium’s 20th century evolution, from a modern vision of the sublime to a postmodern preoccupation with the banalities of an increasingly urbanized landscape. Even in the presence of suburban sprawl, Plowden manages to capture a kind of beauty in the landscape that the passerby might overlook. Like the great 19th century photographers before him, Plowden is adept at directing our gaze to the beauty of the rural landscape, while his critical eye attends us to what we see more clearly: a voluptuous ocean of grain enveloping a subdivision; the Gothic intricacy of an old bridge span; a nearly empty motel parking lot amid nothing; a grand sprawl of trash and utility poles leading us to Liberty.

David Plowden
An American Master
June 25 – September 11, 2016

Figge Art Museum
225 West Second Street Davenport, Iowa 52801
figgeartmuseum.org

Abondoned barn

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Power plant.

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Ferryboat Orange Newburgh Beacon Ferry in Hudson River Newburgh New York 1963 NBF-1163-182

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Great Northern Railway Extra 3383 East East of Willmar Minnesota 1955

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Welch, West VA. 1974.

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Statue of Liberty 1967

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Kinsman Independent Steamer At International Multi-Foods Elevator Duluth Minnesota 1985 685-545

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Canadian Pacific Railway CPR-36-5 Steam locomotives on communitor train Windsor Station Montreal Quebec Last week of steam operation March 1960

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