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Michael Crouser at ClampArt, New York



ClampArt is hosting an exhibition “Mountain Ranch” by artist Michael Crouser at the gallery’s New York location.The exhibition presents works by American fine art and commercial photographer Michael Crouser (b. 1962, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States), marking his debut with the gallery. Known for his black and white photographs which act like a melting pot for fine art and documentary imagery; Michael Crouser started working on photography at the age of fourteen, and worked for several years in various Minneapolis commercial photography studios as an assistant after his graduation in 1985 from Saint John’s University, before he set up his own studio. The winner of the 2014 George Eastman/Power of the Image Award in Beijing, China, the artist has featured in many exhibitions, nationally and internationally. He has also taught at the International Center of Photography in New York City, the Minneapolis Photo Center, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.The works on view are documented on the visuals Crouser encountered while on trip to the Sweetwater Ranch in Northwestern Colorado in the early spring of 2006, where he was invited by his friends Matt and Hope Kapsner. Initially reluctant about this trip, the artist was taken aback by the authentic and austere way of life of the fourth, fifth, and even sixth-generation ranchers he met there, whose kind and welcoming behaviour intrigued and inspired him. Crouser found himself drawn not just toward the way ranching life and work had changed over the years but also for its consistency. Shot on Kodak Tri-X film with either a Pentax 67 or a Nikon F4, all these works are hand-printed and its tactile form is part of his personal expression.The exhibition is on view through September 9, 2017 at ClampArt, 247 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA.For details, visit http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/clampart/overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.



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