Cig Harvey: Holding the Blue

5th Sep 2017 - 16th Sep 2017

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5 – 16 December, 2017

Beetles+Huxley gallery present the first solo exhibition of work by Cig Harvey in the UK. Holding the Blue showcases 30 photographs from Harvey’s career, taken between 2003 and 2017, as a prelude to the publication of her third book You an Orchestra, You a Bomb.

Often highly orchestrated, Harvey’s early works created a fantasy version of her own life experiences. Using herself as a model, each image was self-referential and meticulously mapped out to include specific metaphors, symbols and content. As her work progressed, Harvey introduced increasing amounts of spontaneity and branched out to include other models, such as neighbours, her daughter and husband. In Harvey’s most recent work, which focuses on her home town in Maine, mundane locations and events are depicted with strange colour combinations or unexplained light, which lend the images an unsettling air.

Heavy with implied narrative, each photograph is a vignette, the visual equivalent of a short story. Seemingly random images of people, places and things, when combined, suggest the passing of time and seasons. The subjects of Harvey’s photographs are usually concealed, whether it be through careful cropping, distance or her use of lighting – for example, a child behind a curtain, a woman obscured by the dappled light through a car window or a figure facing away from the camera into the sea. The symbols used throughout Harvey’s work suggest a complex jigsaw to be pieced together by the viewer.

 

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Works

The Swimmer And The Squall, Castle Rhodes, Bermuda, 2014

The Swimmer And The Squall, Castle Rhodes, Bermuda, 2014

Cig Harvey

Honeymoon, Self Portrait, Grotto Bay, Bermuda, 2007

Honeymoon, Self Portrait, Grotto Bay, Bermuda, 2007

Cig Harvey

Deep Bay, Self Portrait, North Shore, Bermuda, 2005

Deep Bay, Self Portrait, North Shore, Bermuda, 2005

Cig Harvey

Plane, Self Portrait, Los Angeles, California, 2004

Plane, Self Portrait, Los Angeles, California, 2004

Cig Harvey

Cut Apple And Gingham Dress, Self Portrait, Clark’s Island, Maine, 2003

Cut Apple And Gingham Dress, Self Portrait, Clark’s Island, Maine, 2003

Cig Harvey

Bowl Of Cherries, Rockport, Maine, 2007

Bowl Of Cherries, Rockport, Maine, 2007

Cig Harvey

Birds Of New England, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Birds Of New England, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Cig Harvey

Hannah, Black Truck, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Hannah, Black Truck, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Cig Harvey

Goldfinch, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014

Goldfinch, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014

Cig Harvey

Kendall At Beauchamp, Rockport, Maine, 2014

Kendall At Beauchamp, Rockport, Maine, 2014

Cig Harvey

Pale Yellow Cadillac, Sadie, Portland, Maine, 2010

Pale Yellow Cadillac, Sadie, Portland, Maine, 2010

Cig Harvey

Pomegranate Seeds, Rockport, Maine, 2012

Pomegranate Seeds, Rockport, Maine, 2012

Cig Harvey

Spring Tree In Fog, Lincolnville, Maine, 2012

Spring Tree In Fog, Lincolnville, Maine, 2012

Cig Harvey

The Orchard, Warren, Maine, 2012

The Orchard, Warren, Maine, 2012

Cig Harvey

Scout In The Blizzard, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Scout In The Blizzard, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

Wolfhound, Hope, Maine, 2012

Wolfhound, Hope, Maine, 2012

Cig Harvey

Seven Butterfly Specimens, Rockland, Maine, 2015

Seven Butterfly Specimens, Rockland, Maine, 2015

Cig Harvey

The Diner, Self Portrait, Miami, Florida, 2005

The Diner, Self Portrait, Miami, Florida, 2005

Cig Harvey

Day Dream, Self Portrait, Watertown, Massachusetts, 2004

Day Dream, Self Portrait, Watertown, Massachusetts, 2004

Cig Harvey

Red Curtains, Location, Maine, 2017

Red Curtains, Location, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

White Witch Moth, Devin, Rockport, Maine, 2012

White Witch Moth, Devin, Rockport, Maine, 2012

Cig Harvey

Ariel Waiting, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Ariel Waiting, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Cig Harvey

Holding The Blue, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Holding The Blue, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

The Picked Petals, Self Portrait, Camden, Maine, 2006

The Picked Petals, Self Portrait, Camden, Maine, 2006

Cig Harvey

Two Brothers, Rockland, Maine, 2015

Two Brothers, Rockland, Maine, 2015

Cig Harvey

Sky Lantern, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Sky Lantern, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

Wild Orchid, Lincolnville, Maine, 2017

Wild Orchid, Lincolnville, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

Magnolia Tree, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Magnolia Tree, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

Small Point, Maine, 2017

Small Point, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

Prism, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Prism, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

Hope Chest, Rockport, Maine, 2007

Hope Chest, Rockport, Maine, 2007

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