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5.9 – 16.9 2017

Cig Harvey:Holding The Blue

Cig Harvey:Holding The Blue

05.09 – 16.09.2017

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Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street,
London, W1B 4DE

Holding the Blue showcased 30 photographs from Harvey’s career, taken between 2003 and 2017, as a prelude to the publication of her book You an Orchestra, You a Bomb in November 2017.

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.

Highlights

10

Bowl of Cherries, Rockport, Maine, Cig Harvey
1

Bowl of Cherries, Rockport, Maine, 2007

The Swimmer and the Squall, Castle Rhodes, Bermuda, Cig Harvey
2

The Swimmer and the Squall, Castle Rhodes, Bermuda, 2014

Ariel Waiting, Rockport, Maine, Cig Harvey
3

Ariel Waiting, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Wolfhound, Hope, Maine, Cig Harvey
4

Wolfhound, Hope, Maine, 2012

Birds of New England, Rockport, Maine, Cig Harvey
5

Birds of New England, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Prism, Rockport, Maine, Cig Harvey
6

Prism, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Hannah, Black Truck, Rockport, Maine, Cig Harvey
7

Hannah, Black Truck, Rockport, Maine, 2016

Honeymoon Self-Portrait, Grotto Bay, Bermuda, Cig Harvey
8

Honeymoon Self-Portrait, Grotto Bay, Bermuda, 2007

Kendall at Beauchamp, Rockport, Maine, Cig Harvey
9

Kendall at Beauchamp, Rockport, Maine, 2014

Holding the Blue, Rockport, Maine, Cig Harvey
10

Holding the Blue, Rockport, Maine, 2017

Cig Harvey

B. United States 1973

Portrait-Cig-Harvey

B. United States 1973

Biography

Cig Harvey’s earliest work 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. She received critical acclaim for the publication of her first monograph, You Look At Me Like an Emergency (2012), which presented a body of work from the first ten years of her career. Working in series, her photographs tap into universal elements of the human experience including love, loss, and belonging. Harvey has introduced a greater spontaneity into her more recent work, using models such as her daughter and husband to create visual narratives of her life in Maine. Her latest series, You an Orchestra, You a Bomb and Blue Violet, continue to expand on Harvey’s flair for storytelling, often hinting at the mysteriousness that lingers just below the surface of human existence.

Cig Harvey was born in the UK in 1973. She completed an MFA at Rockport University. Harvey has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and she has been a nominee for John Gutmann fellowship and the Santa Fe Prize, and a finalist for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo. She was the recipient of the Prix Virginia (2018), an international photography prize for women. Her work is held in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, 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.

Harvey lives and works in Maine.

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