Lot 105: Gary Cardot

Blue Forest
Digital color infrared
archival inkjet print
16 x 24 inches
Series: Peninsular Visions
Edition 2/12
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Gary Cardot is a professor of art at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Massachusetts with Bachelors and Masters degrees in History and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography. He was a director of the neighborhood art house of the Martin Luther King Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for 6 years and a director of the Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst University for 14 years. He is a Professor of Art History and Photography at Mercyhurst University. His work has been exhibited in art museums and galleries nationally and he has worked in projects on architecture in the Rust Belt, landscape studies, collage and most recently a study of Hare Krishna temples.

This work is part of an ongoing series of photographs of a State park in Erie, Pennsylvania that juts out into Lake Erie and is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water. Called “Presque Isle,” French for “almost an island,” it is a land mass that was considered dangerous by Native Americans and never settled by the colonists or subsequent settlers because of its wetlands, swamps, and violent storms. It is a land mass that has a rich history of constant change due to weather, erosion and the hand of man. The infrared process, analog or digital, can reveal atmosphere and energy about a landscape that other techniques only hint at. I have always been fascinated by the 19th Century frontier photographers and the painters of the Romantic era. I am trying to show what one can experience when this land mass is visited and I am drawn to the beauty and transcendent nature of the place.

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