Summer Lovin’
Jun 7 – Aug 18, 2023

Cig Harvey, Claire in the Forsythia, Rockport, Maine, 2010

Lounging by the pool, the roar of ocean waves, blue skies, and a romance: summer is the season that could live on forever. Summer Lovin’, the latest exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery, showcases a selection of intimate moments and faded memories gone with the tide.

Step onto the beach with Joe Deal’s Laguna Beach, California (1978) or catch a volleyball on the hot sand in John Mack’s Cancun, Quintana, Roo, Mexico, (2008). Spend a night out at the carnival captured by Jeff Brouws with flashing lights and a thrill: Ice Cream Booth, Ventura, California (1988) and Magenta Midway, Ventura, California (1990).

 

Cig Harvey, Sunset on the Island, 2019

John Mack, Cancun, Quintana, Roo, Mexico, 2008

Jeff Brouws, Magenta Midway, Ventura, California, 1990

Ed Sievers, Untitled (Man in sunglasses), c. 1970s

Richard Finkelstein, Wading to Cambodia, 2013

Float down the river with the return of Julie Blackmon’s Flatboat (2022) or shake your head at the neighborhood kids running wild in the backyard, Flag Cake (2015).

Curated by gallery director, Caroline Wall, Summer Lovin’ intertwines serene landscapes with unsuspecting sun bathers, free-fall divers and drying swimsuits. Anything goes in summer as the photographs sing to the tune of love off the walls. Enjoy an eclectic collection of subtle sensuality and play, of vacations and dog days.

 

Micheal Kenna, No Show, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, 1983

Elijah Gowin, Fall 5, 2006

Alfred Steiglitz, The Swimming Lesson, 1906

Julie Blackmon, Floatboat, 2022

Henry Wessel, Waikiki, 1979

The selection features the work of: Julie Blackmon, Jeff Brouws, Harry Callahan, Joe Deal, Larry Fink, Richard Finkelstein, Elijah Gowin, Cig Harvey, Chip Hooper, Michael Kenna, O. Winston Link, Mike Mandel, Ed Sievers, and Henry Wessel.

Cig Harvey is a British-born artist and writer living in Maine, USA, and working in large-format color photography and poetry. Rich in implied narrative, saturated in color, and deeply rooted in the natural world, her work is devoted to the topic of what it is to feel. Cig lives in a farmhouse in Maine with her husband Doug and daughter Scout. The passing of time and the natural surroundings of her rural home has made her alert to the magic in the mundane. Cig is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and the Society of Professional Journalism (SPJ).

 

Mike Mandel, Motels, 1974

Larry Fink, Declaration of Independence, Martins Creek, Pennsylvania, June 1977

Mike Mandel, Untitled from the series Myself, Timed Exposures, 1971

Cig Harvey, Swimsuit, Rockport, Maine, 2018

Ed Sievers, Untitled (Man on bench), c. 1970s

O. Winston Link, NW1126 Hawksbill Creek Swimming Hole, 1956

For four decades, Bay Area photographer Henry Wessel has observed and documented the brilliant light, vernacular architecture, and social landscape of Northern and Southern California. Exploring the territory where nature and culture meet, Wessel’s deadpan pictures share the spontaneity and authenticity of snapshots, combining disarming frankness with irreverent humor. His low-key style matches the modest nature of his subject matter: he has found an inexhaustible richness in the aesthetics of the everyday, turning the least monumental of subjects into a kind of personal poetry.

Just as summer warms in June and cools in August, as will the exhibition on display from June 7 to August 18, 2023 with an expanded selection available to view online.

 

Summer Lovin’
June 7 – August 18, 2023 / Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA
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