Frank GohlkeMarch 29 –April 27, 1980
Two exhibitions of photography will open on March 29 at the University Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Frank Gohlke, a Minneapolis-based artist, will present a selection of thirty photographs until April 27.
Frank Gohlke photographs the flat, vast, seemingly vacant, landscapes of the Mid- and Southwest. Many of his early photographs are images of grain elevators, the majestic architectural symbol of the Midwest. Gohlke delights in the functional beauty of the grain elevator's pure forms and its visual prominence in an otherwise unrelieved flat landscape. The majority of the currently exhibited photographs, dating from the last two years, are urban and landscape images of Minnesota and Gohlke's native state Texas.
Gohlke became interested in photography after studying English Literature at Yale University. After studying with the photographer Paul Caponigro, he moved to Minneapolis in 1971. Gohlke has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Light Gallery, New York; he received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975/76.
Chester Michalik, who received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Boston University, has been exhibiting his photographs for sixteen years. His urban scenes of this country and abroad are straight, unmaniupulated images which are sharply focused, richly textured, and often very structured in composition. Michalik prefers to use the Rolleiflex camera and 2½” negatives to obtain his square format photographs.
Currently teaching at Smith College in Northampton, Michalik has exhibited in many museums and galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Witkin Gallery in New York, and MIT in Cambridge. His photographs are included in the collections of the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Library of Congress.