Preview: Infinite Summer, Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography on July 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

Pentti Sammalahti

The fireworks of the Fourth have had their moment in the sky, but now Nailya Alexander Gallery wants to you to turn your attention to 7 contemporary stars in the art world.

Infinite Summer features work by seven contemporary artists, all of whose work is deeply anchored in place and steeped in the singular moods and ambiance of summer. The delicate play of light and shade casts a hallowed glow over otherwise quotidian moments in the platinum/palladium prints of George Tice (b. 1938, Newark) and in an exquisite piece from Pentti Sammallahti (b. 1950, Helsinki); while in the masterful gelatin-silver prints of Sumner Wells Hatch (b. 1984, New Hampshire), sunlight filters through water and foliage, bringing to life a magical world in which time seems to be suspended. In the work of Alexey Titarenko (b. 1962, St. Petersburg), city-dwellers flock to St. Petersburg’s urban lakes in tableaux that evoke Georges Seurat’s famous depiction of Parisians in summertime in La Grande Jatte.

Also featured in the exhibition are photographs by Marcia Lippman (b. 1944, New York), William Meyers (b.1938, Providence), and Ann Rhoney (b. 1953, Niagara Falls). Together, the artists’ work provides a visual counterpart to what Marcel Proust, hearing the buzzing of flies in the heat of the French countryside, called “the chamber music of summer…born of sunny days, and not to be reborn but with them, containing something of their essential nature, [which] not only calls up their image in our memory, but gives us a guarantee that they do really exist, that they are close around us, immediately accessible.”

The gallery will be hosting an opening reception tonight, Thursday, July 6th, 6:00 to 8:00pm. For those who can’t make it to the gallery on such short notice, the exhibit will be viewable until July 28th, 2017.

For More Information: Nailya Alexander Gallery

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