Photo District News Photographer Interviews: Cig Harvey

Cig Harvey: Through Mother's Eyes

By Brienne Walsh

Cig Harvey didn’t know that her new series was about the serious car crash she survived in August 2015 until she showed the photographs to a friend. “He said, ‘The accident is literally all over these,” she recalls. Harvey was psychologically scarred, but rarely ever talked about it. “We’re often the last ones to know what our work is about,” she muses. The fact that the series was born of trauma was no surprise to Harvey, however. “Whenever something massive happens in my life, I make pictures as a way to respond to it,” she says. “I’m the most productive when something derails me, or I don’t understand, or [something] floors me. It could be an amazing thing or it could be a terrible thing. I use art as a way to slow the world down and better understand it.”

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Susan Rankaitis Reviewed in Photograph Magazine

Susan Rankaitis: Grey Matters at Robert Mann Gallery, New York

By Lyle Rexer

When I first saw Susan Rankaitis’s work almost 20 years ago, I felt like I was entering the Cave of Altamira. I had never seen anything so chemical, so metallic, and the shimmering surfaces of those giant prints were like looking into the material origin of photography.  But if Rankaitis was obsessed with origins, she was also channeling the future, the brave new world of technological imagining that gave birth to photography in one era and to brain scans and gene sequencing in another – but also equally to weapons of mass destruction. For a 1990s installation, she even wrapped her abstractions around a recycled missile nosecone. Conceptual ambitions aside, her surface investigations were also a form of painting by other means, well in advance of today’s Mariah Robertson and Matthew Brandt.  She was exploring the textures, colors, translucency, and transcription of light made possible by analogue photographic materials.

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Mike Mandel in Collector Daily


Mike Mandel: Good 70s @Robert Mann

By Loring Knoblauch / In Galleries / June 14, 2017

JTF (just the facts): A total of 84 black and white and color photographs, variously framed and matted, and hung against white walls in the main gallery space and the smaller side room. (Installation shots below.)

The show incudes works from the following series/projects, with the number of works on view, their processes, dates, and editions (as appropriate) as background:

  • Evidence (made with Larry Sultan): 13 gelatin silver prints, each 8×10, 1977
  • People in Cars: 20 vintage gelatin silver prints mounted to a 30×40 board, 1970-1973
  • Boardwalk Minus Forty: 23 gelatin silver prints, each 8×10, and 4 archival pigment prints, each 9×11 (in editions of 6), 1974
  • Myself: Timed Exposures: 21 vintage gelatin silver prints, each roughly 6×8, 1971
  • Motels: 3 archival pigment prints, each 16×24, in editions of 6, 1974
  • Baseball – Photographer Trading Cards: compete set of 135 cards (in vitrine), 1975
  • Don Drowty The Famous: 13:54 min. video, in edition of 6, 1971

A retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work is currently (5/20/17-8/20/17) on view at SFMOMA (here). A boxed set monograph of these bodies of work was published in 2015 by J&L Books (here).

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Jennifer Williams Hosts Open Studios

QCA ArtHotel @ Z Hotel

Friday, June 16th 4-8PM
Sat. June 17th 1-5PM
Friday, June 23rd 4-8PM (Artist talk at7PM)
Sat. June 24th 1-5PM
Sun. June 25th 1-5PM (exhibition open)

Z Hotel:
11-01 43rd Ave
Long Island City

Check out her work at NYFA:

NYFA’s newest exhibition, Informality, will be on view in NYFA Gallery starting Thursday, May 4, through September 1, that showcase works by 2016 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Finalists. 
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NYFA Gallery: 
20 Jay Street


Julie Blackmon at The Hood Museum of Art

Art Notes: Photographs Balance Childhood Innocence and Darker Narrative Possibilities

By EmmaJean Holley And Nicola Smith
Valley News Staff Writers

The filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, best known for his psychological thrillers, felt it was important to distinguish between the suspenseful and the merely surprising.

Surprise, he said, is when a bomb goes off without the audience knowing it’s coming: “Prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene of no special consequence.” Suspense, on the other hand, is when “the bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there.”

But the photographer Julie Blackmon, whose exhibit on the theme of “The Everyday Fantastic” opens at the Hood Downtown on Friday, complicates Hitchcock’s black-and-white conception of these narrative devices. Not only does Blackmon’s work create suspense in scenes that Hitchcock might write off as “absolutely ordinary,” but this suspense also hinges on the element of surprise that the great filmmaker seemed to hold in disdain. The seemingly mundane props in Blackmon’s scenes — houses, storefronts, children’s toys — are of “no special consequence,” until, unexpectedly, they are.

In other words, her photographs depict such apparent ordinariness that to realize they are suspenseful comes as a surprise.

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Mike Mandel: Good 70s Reviewed in Artforum

Mike Mandel

525 West 26th Street, Floor 2
May 11–June 30

By Juliana Halpert

The shared blunders of Richard Nixon and our current leader are obvious, but there’s one stark difference between the two presidents: Nixon, who loved classical music and reportedly wanted to throw liberals a bone during the Vietnam War, demonstrated strong support for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1971, its budget was doubled. By the end of the decade, the number of working artists in the country had increased by 81 percent.

“Good ’70s” is a fitting name, then, for this exhibition of Mike Mandel’s work, all from projects made over the course of that decade. It was a productive period for the artist—the recipient of several NEA fellowships—and his images reflect the protean identity of photography at the time. At a glance, the twenty-one black-and-white snapshots of barbershops, airports, shop fronts, and other public spaces appear commonplace—until you spot Mandel himself, lurking in the periphery or grinning goofily next to his subjects. Are they self-portraits? Sure. But they lack the genre’s forced introspection, and they cheekily eschew street photography’s air of detachment as well.

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Julie Blackmon in Adobe Create Magazine


Disrupting Domesticity: Julie Blackmon's Irreverent Take on Small-town Family Life

By Dan Cowles

Julie Blackmon’s slightly skewed images of family life in the American Midwest—often populated by minimally supervised children in potentially hazardous yet comical situations—speak to the constant low-level anxiety familiar to pretty much any parent living in our modern times.

The overwhelm of being alive, being a mother, being pulled in a million different directions, and seeing danger everywhere informs Blackmon’s work. “You have all these little people that you’re responsible for, these lives to direct and manage,” she says. “You can just find yourself in some vortex of anxiety. Unless you do find the mythic or the beauty in it, and the humor in it…you might as well hang it up, because that's what it's all about.”

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Richard Misrach Featured in Pasatiempo

Long division: 'Border Cantos'

By Paul Weideman

In photographer Richard Misrach’s 13 years of taking pictures along the United States-Mexico border, he has seen all kinds of landscapes and fences and detritus. “The artifacts you see have a lot of different explanations,” he said by phone from his home in California’s Berkeley Hills. “Basically people have walked a long way from Central America and Mexico, and their clothes are filthy, and they often dump them after they’re across the border, because they bring fresh clothes with them. Also the Border Patrol has been known to make people dump whatever they have when they find them. You see backpacks and tennis shoes, religious icons and Bibles, and all kinds of things strewn along the border.”

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Mike Mandel Interviewed by Photoworks


Interview: Mike Mandel

By Photoworks

Photoworks: Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to talk to us before your opening at SFMOMA. Can you tell us more about Good 70s? How did the exhibition idea come about?

Mike Mandel: Good 70s, the exhibition, is based on the boxed set of books and other printed matter that comprise Good 70s, the 2015 publication produced by D.A.P. and J & L. Books. The show is a way to take projects out of the confines of the original container (book, poster, packs of trading cards) and enable the curator, Sandra Phillips, and I to extend the presentation of the work on the wall, in vitrines and in other new ways. 

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Holly Andres' upcoming group exhibit at Radius Gallery


Photographer Holly Andres Takes a Turn to the Political at Radius Gallery

By Erika Fredrickson

Holly Andres makes photographs that evoke the simmering terror of a Hitchcock film mixed with the precariousness of adolescent awakening. Her exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum last year, for instance, included several narrative pieces riffing on young girls discovering locked rooms and boxes, suitcases and a hornets nest, all rendered in the rich colors and suspenseful staging of a Nancy Drew cover.

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