At the Water's edge, at Robert Mann Gallery
From baptisms to beach getaways, the water's edge is a site for transformations. With this threshold as its inspiration, Robert Mann Gallery's summer exhibition At the Water's Edge includes both historical and contemporary images engaged with those recurrent summer traditions of flocking to the water, either manmade or natural, for a much needed respite. It is no wonder then that the shoreline and the swimming pool have provided numerous photographers with inspiration.
Vignette: © Fred Stein: Lying in Sand, La Baule, Brittany, France, 1937
Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski The early sequences 1977-1982Robert Mann Gallery opens the fall exhibition season with a suite of vintage photographic works by Dutch conceptual artist Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski. Living out of a trailer in Baja California, Mexico, Szulc-Krzyzanowski engaged in a rigorous study of possibilities opened by combining multiple frames of images into sequences. David Travis, former curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, writing about Szulc-Krzyzanowski's Sequences in 1984 explains,
[W]e can imagine him to be a magician, who plays tricks on our perceptions with his photographic sleights of hand in order to loosen the strict conventions of our imagination and in the end entertains us. But even in his play he uses the appearance of simultaneity to make the illusion work.
Greatly ahead of his time, Szulc-Krzyzanowski began his sequences ...