Larry Cwik – Artist


 
Slide 1: Float, from The Visitor, Walking 1000 Miles Through Mexico’s Cities, 2010, Inkjet Print on Hahnemule Fine Art Paper, 24 x 20 inches, edition of 9.

Slide 2: Zigzag Lead in Ice, Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik), Nunavut, Canada, from The Far North, Portrait of the Arctic, 2014, Inkjet Print on Hahnemule Fine Art Paper, 24 x 20 inches, edition of 9. As the frozen sea thaws, leads (cracks) of open sea form. These make travel on the ice by sled, foot, or snowmobile hazardous and dangerous but are part of the annual cycle of the ice’s freezing and thawing. Pond Inlet, population 1,500, at the northern tip of Baffin Island, across from Greenland, is rich in marine life, including seals, beluga, bowhead whales, and narwhal. Pond Inlet’s mayor speaks only Inuktitut and not English. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with the Mayor in Pond Inlet in August 2014, showing the importance of the region to Canada.

Slide 3: Fence Close-up With Sun, Clyde River (Kanngiqtugaapik), Nunavut, from The Far North, Portrait of the Arctic, 2014, Inkjet Print on Hahnemule Fine Art Paper, 24 x 20 inches, edition of 9. The partially frozen sea is shown in the background. The weather changed frequently from cloudy to sun to drizzle to cloudy during my visit.

Slide 4: Arctic Shore, Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada, from The Far North, Portrait of the Arctic, 2014, Inkjet Print on Hahnemule Fine Art Paper, 20 x 24 inches, edition of 9.

Slide 5: Skyscraper Light, Doha, Qatar, 2011, Inkjet Print on Hahnemule Fine Art Paper, 20 x 24 inches, edition of 10. One of the many beautiful new skyscrapers in Doha, the capital of Qatar. This building appears to have a light shooting from its top floor, in a solar abstraction, almost as if it has become a kind of gargantuan flashlight of many hundreds of feet height. It appears to not be real. But it is real. Qatar borders Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf and has the highest per-capita income of any nation in the world.


Major photographic projects worked on to date include:

TheVisitor,  Walking 1000 Miles Through Mexico’s Cities, in which I have spent a total of six months and 1000 miles  walking through most of the major cities in Mexico from 1983 to the present, searching for images;

The Far North, Portrait of the Arctic, started in 2002 and continuing through the present, including three visits to northern Alaska, two visits to Nunavut in far northern Canada, and visits to Greenland, Svalbard, far northern Norway, and far northern Russia;

Morocco, obtaining images in more than 10 Moroccan cities from 1990 to the present;

Totems, stacked selenium-toned gelatin silver print triptychs inspired by the Totem Poles of the First Nations peoples of the northwest coast of North America, from 1999 to the present; and

Industrial Districts, from 1984 to the present, obtaining images every year, primarily in Portland, Oregon but also in several other cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Photography, drawings, and short films are my three primary media.

Other than work in the major photographic projects above, some examples of drawings and a short film are included on the site, as well as photographic images of  Antarctica, Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat), the Canadian Rockies, Europe (France, Spain, and Andorra), Asia (Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Qatar), and the U.S.

All work is available for purchase. I guarantee satisfaction with all purchases. My work has been widely collected, including by the Portland Art Museum, Regional Arts and Culture Commission, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Bank of America, Levi Strauss and Co., and many other companies, organizations and individuals. The work has been shown in more than 100 galleries and museums in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia since 1984.

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