Every year Robin Rice curates Summertime Salon, a showcase to exhibit the best of her collected artists’ strengths and aesthetics. Representing 56 artists, one of the most exciting parts of the Summertime Salon is the introduction of new artists and of new work by established practitioners.
One such piece, Cloud Horse by Benjamin Heller, depicts a horse powerfully rearing its head into the sky above, its dark mane propelled by its movement against the wind. The large, white markings on the horsehide emulate the clouds in the background, while the photographer’s angle creates the illusion of life in the man-made horse.
Suspended from the gallery ceiling are two surfboards displaying images by artist Steve Miller, whose current work is an expansion of his previous solo show depicting various objects under an x-ray machine. The usable, hand-made surfboards display silk-screen and digital prints of the skeletal structures of Brazilian wildlife; the two surfboards used in the summertime salon display an iguana and an alligator, respectively.
Below this, the walls of the gallery are covered in nearly a hundred photographs, creating a stunning mosaic of size, colour and subject matter that fits together like an eclectic puzzle. Participating artists include Ted Adams, Thomas Alleman, Victoria Amore, Craig Barber, Dorothee Brand and Todd Burris.
Summertime Salon, until 7 September, Robin Rice Gallery, 325 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014, USA. For more information visit www.robinricegallery.com.
1. Michael McLauglin, Beach, Rio (2002).
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