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This is “Tim’s Pond” not Thoreau’s Walden, but man’s relation to nature is still the theme of Michael Madsen’s works.
This is “Tim’s Pond” not Thoreau’s Walden, but man’s relation to nature is still the theme of Michael Madsen’s works.

Wednesday, June 18
We once lived in an apartment that had a balcony overlooking the city's historic cemetery. It was quiet with well-groomed lawns, and a nice escape from the concrete flowing away from all other sides. Plus the directions to our home included the phrase, "turn left at the headless angel statue," which was great for parties. Michael Madsen is like a collector of these spaces. Placing his 6-foot 5-inch frame on an 8-foot ladder, he photographs people in their favorite places, making the connection between a landscape and one person it inspires. Unlike ours, most seem to be more Walden and less Six Feet Under, with ponds, creeks, bluffs and trees being the main focus. A collection of these photos will be on display as Experiencing the View: Photographs by Michael J. Madsen opening Monday and continuing through July 12. Madsen will be present at a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Turley Gallery, Turley Law Center, University Boulevard at North Central Expressway.

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