Exclusive on Bidsquare Lot #30: Tom Uttech
Pangishimo Giesess, Near Cache Lake
Archival pigment print
45 x 45 in.
Go deep into the woods with Tom Uttech in this exceptional photograph. Uttech started photographing in the summer of 1968 on a trip to Quetico Provincial Park. Inspired by the park's stark beauty, he made annual pilgrimages over the next decade or so with the express purpose of photographing the area. Between 1972 and 1983, he used a Rolleiflex SL66, a two-and-a-quarter-inch format camera, to shoot more than eleven hundred rolls of black-and-white film.
Uttech found in photography a way to express the seeming randomness of nature in a formal composition. He began instinctively narrowing the visual parameters by working during late afternoon when the forest's light was muted and even-as in Pangishimo Giesess, Near Cache Lake
. With scientific rigor, he returned again and again to subjects that intrigued and even seemed to possess him: forest floor light, surfaces and textures, and silhouetted trees that anchor spatial depth. This photograph was digitally scanned from the original negative and printed specifically for the exhibition Tom Uttech: Into the Woods
, organized by the Museum of Wisconsin Art in 2019.
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