Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of Cig Harvey. Enigmatic and atmospheric, Harvey's photographs conjure subtle elements of fantasy through ingenious orchestrations of people, objects, and scenery. Magical realism is abandoned in favor of carefully curated moments of real-world magic: with clever cropping, inspired composition and vivid color, mirrors become moons and dreamers appear to climb white-washed stairs into the clouds. Yet in her visual stories, the extraordinary lies exactly in the absence of true unfamiliarity. We look again and pomegranate seeds on a wooden table are just pomegranate seeds on a wooden table. As in our own lives, wonder is only in the ability to see the world wonderfully.
Cig Harvey's work is included in permanent collections of major institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Her first monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012) sold out in all printings and was accompanied by a solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway in spring 2012. Her newest series, Gardening at Night, will be released as a monograph in Spring 2015. The artist lives and works in rural Maine.