Cleveland by Night
(Human) Landscapes: Photographs by Dave Jordano
Photographer Dave Jordano was invited to come to Cleveland in the Summer of 2019 to explore the city. Born in Detroit and now living in Chicago, Jordano has had a long interest in the places and people of the urban industrial cities of the midwest. The work that Jordano created in Cleveland is a continuation of a theme he explored in his 2018 book, A Detroit Nocturne which explores the nighttime cityscapes of Detroit’s vernacular architecture and reveals the marks of its trials and determination of its people. The 14 haunting new images of Cleveland in (Human) Landscape are sparsely populated and yet full of implied life and untold stories. The mix of artificial lighting gives these modest storefronts, houses, and industrial landscapes a theatrical majesty and mystery. What is the history of these darkened walls and who lives behind the lighted windows? (Human) Landscapes is an appreciation of the noir beauty of a gritty post-industrial cityscape that is fast disappearing.
On the occasion of the premier exhibition of Dave Jordano: (Human) Landscapes, Transformer Station has commissioned three musical performances by local musicians inspired by Jordano’s photographs of Cleveland at night. We are pleased to present these performances as videos available to all during a time when musicians have limited opportunities to perform and it is not safe for audiences to gather. Our thanks to blk//blur, a Cleveland-based production company for their help in shooting and editing and to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture whose support made this project possible:
This exhibition was organized by Transformer Station with support in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.