This summer Robert Mann Gallery invites you join us as we revisit a favorite summer destination with the exhibition Back at the Water’s Edge. This group show features work from: Julie Blackmon, Jeff Brouws, Harry Callahan, Joe Deal, Richard Finkelstein, Elijah Gowin, Cig Harvey, Michael Kenna, Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski, John Mack, and Henry Wessel. Whether lounging poolside or soaking in the sun on the beach, the water’s edge is a familiar backdrop to all of our favorite summer memories.
In new works from Julie Blackmon we are reminded of chlorine drenched summers and endless afternoons spent near the pool. In some instances the nostalgia is tangible as we recall warming ourselves on the sun-warmed concrete. However upon further inspection certain elements jar with our recollection of summers past: why is that young child holding a red-faced screaming baby? and who left a watermelon with a carving knife so precariously placed near the pool? Clearly the hazards here are more than just the strength of the chosen SPF.
Michael Kenna visits the pristine seaside resorts of France in a group of photographs, but these sights are transformed from ideal retreats to venues with a more foreboding air about them. A cluster of deck chairs are forgotten near the surf, some tipped over as if abandoned in a hurry; a cloudy sky looms, casting heavy shadows over would-be tanning locales; and a series of tents look out over a nearly too still sea.
In works from Harry Callahan and Joe Deal the beach is every bit as enticing as in summers back. Capturing the quintessential shoreside past-time, beach volleyball, Callahan and Mack both pay homage to the sport that turned a flat bed of sand into proving grounds for any summer athlete. Whether the pool was your playground of choice in the summer or the beach was more your speed, Back at the Water’s Edge is sure to spark a memory or two from your own past summers.