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Jarvi Kononen's avatar Jarvi Kononen

The Grand River rises near Somerset Center south of Jackson and runs 252 miles before emptying into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. Prior to the arrival of the British and French in Michigan, the river was known as Owashtanong, which roughly translates to "far-flowing river" or "far-away-water." Far-Away-Water is comprised of 60 photographs selected from over 1,000 images taken along the course of the Grand River from the headwaters to the mouth. The photographs are cut with scissors and stretched over a network of strings into an abstract representation of the river that flows by a few hundred feet away. The various stages in the creation of the work - from the capture of images while hiking and kayaking stretches of the river, to printing, on to deconstructing the photographs only to reassemble the pieces through a process akin to drawing in space - bring attention to the intertwined possibilities and limitations of describing a complex and ever-changing landscape.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: Approx. 15'
  • Medium: Cut and Sculpted Photographs
  • Width: Approx. 35'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: Approx. 8'