By Mike Melman
A milling district alongside the Mississippi River. A railroad bridge on Washington road. Jim's Hamburgers in Duluth. A spiral staircase within the Schmidt Brewery. those are the areas that trap the moods of Minnesota's prewar period. those are the typical locations the place traditional humans lived and labored. those are the pictures that convey us the remnants of a city's past.
In The Quiet Hours, Mike Melman files a vanishing period of Minnesota's cities and towns via a sequence of seventy black-and-white photos taken from 1985 to 2002. operating within the half-light of predawn hours, Melman brings a brand new point of view to regular locations, one formed via his education as an architect and his specific affinity for previous constructions. Melman's atmospheric pictures supply us perception into the bygone lifetime of a urban the place we had no longer idea to appear for one before.
In his essay, invoice Holm compares Melman's paintings to that of Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, artists who include and rejoice the city adventure. Holm writes, "These pictures take us some distance towards an realizing of that potent center of a urban. . . . those are very American images of their stubbornness, their integrity, and their dogged affection for the working-class existence buried inside of them."
Through his creative and historical photos, Melman exposes the rate at which American towns switch and provides a gritty but contemplative portrait of city Minnesota.
Mike Melman's pictures were exhibited in different galleries and museums within the dual towns and feature seemed in structure Minnesota and Minnesota background.
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