Biography Of Charles Sheeler Photographed The Abandoned Textile Mills Of The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company

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Charles Sheeler photographed the abandoned textile mills of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in Manchester, New Hampshire and a decaying woolen mill building in Ballardvale, Massachusetts while doing artist-in-residences at Currier Gallery of Art and Phillips Academy Andover respectively. He superimposed these photographs onto one another, creating what he believed to be a more realistic view of his surroundings, Millyard Passage. For him, these superimposed images represented the memories with the present. One will always bring the past with them when seeing a new environment, and this was Sheeler’s way of representing this personal bias. Photography provided the perfect medium to link memory and observation. Sheeler’s lack of details is no longer part of the modernist architecture aesthetic. Rather, it is his commentary on his viewer’s perception of his world; we are more likely to remember forms and conceptualize a future without concrete details, so why add them at all?
Meanwhile, New England Irrelevancies, created in 1953, when Sheeler was in his seventies, uses much more optimistic hues than his previous works. The brightest colors are represented with the most vertical perspectives, implying a future of vibrant skyscrapers for these eagerly-awaiting spaces. The blurring of dimension brings dynamic energy to these otherwise decaying mills, giving life to the shadows.

Figure 6. CHARLES SHEELER. On a Shaker Theme, 1956. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In…

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