Mark Havens’s Out of Season series depicts the disappearing motels of Wildwood, New Jersey, bringing out the interplay of an idealised past and its inexorable disappearance. Wildwood is a small barrier island at the tip of southern New Jersey, containing the highest concentration of mid-century modern hospitality architecture in the United States. These motels have remained unchanged for half a century, but are now slowly being demolished – vacant pools and forecourts replete with retro patterned uniformity are flanked by empty chairs, and haunted by a tangible absence. Havens attempts to halt the irreversible flow of time through these images, capturing a bygone era of simple leisure time. Artificial palms stand suspended, preserved in the same air as the photos themselves. Havens is a professor at Philadelphia University. His work has featured in publications such as The New York Times, and has been exhibited internationally. www.markhavens.com.
Shinro Ohtake, Parasol Unit, London
The work of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake appears in a solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London, this autumn. The presentation showcases Ohtake’s extensive and innovative body of work.
Q+A with Phillip Prodger, Curator of William Eggleston: Portraits, NPG
National Portrait Gallery launch a major retrospective on William Eggleston. Aesthetica catch up with exhibition curator Phillip Prodger.