photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce Blue Violet: Photographs and Text
by Cig Harvey
, an online solo exhibition by renowned photographer Cig
Harvey. This exhibition corresponds with Harvey's recent photobook Blue Violet
published by The Monacelli Press.
In the vein of magical realism, rooted in her personal experience, Cig Harvey frames
a series of allegorical narratives in Blue Violet, that elevate the ordinary to the
extraordinary. The exquisite palette, the soft light and deep contrast of her imagery,
the subtle drawings and poetic language, evoke dreamy yet profound emotional
images that illustrate the relationship of the human condition to the natural world.
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ABOUT THE ARTWORK
"Blue Violet is a celebration of the natural world and the
senses. Blue Violet is a vibrant meditation on the
procession of seasons, sensory abundance, and the magic
in everyday life."
Roses (Yellow Car) © Cig Harvey
- Cig Harvey
Part art book, botanical guide, historical encyclopedia, and
poetry collection, Blue Violet is a compendium of beauty,
color, and the senses.
Plants, flowers, and our experience of the natural world are the threads that tie this
unique book together. Exploring the five senses, Blue Violet takes the reader on a
personal journey through nature and the range of human emotions.
As with her previous three titles - You Look At Me Like An Emergency, Gardening
at Night, and You an Orchestra You a Bomb - this book invites the reader to
pause, laugh, cry, create, and become more aware of the natural world. Images and
text in a variety of forms (prose poetry, recipes, lists, research pieces, diagrams)
focus on immediate experience to understand the vibrancy of the senses on
memory and feelings.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
is an artist who uses images and language to explore sensory
experience and elevate the everyday. Rich in implied narrative, deeply rooted in
the natural world, her work is devoted to the topic of what it is to feel. Her work has
been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, BBC, Vogue, The Wall Street
Journal, Vice, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Marie Claire Italia, and New
York Magazine. Cig Harvey's work is included in permanent collections of major
institutions including, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the International
Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New
York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland,
Maine. Harvey was named one of the 2021 recipients of the Farnsworth's Maine in
America Award and was named the 2018 Prix Virginia Laureate, an international
photography award based out of Paris, among many other honors. Harvey has
published three previous sold out monographs the first of which: You Look At Me
Like An Emergency, was accompanied by a solo museum show at the Stenersen
Museum in Oslo, Norway in Spring 2012. The artist lives and works in rural Maine.
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