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Publication of new book by Cig Harvey coincides with exhibitions in Boston and New York
Two brothers, Rockland, Maine, 2015 © Cig Harvey.


NEW YORK, NY.- You An Orchestra You A Bomb is the third monograph by photographer Cig Harvey. Part memoir, part poem and part love letter, this new book explores Harvey’s relationship with life through text and photography, combined to create an ode to the fragility and beauty of the present moment. The publication of this new book coincides with exhibitions of the work at Robert Mann Gallery, New York and Robert Klein Gallery.

Each photograph in the book is a self-contained vignette, collectively suggesting a narrative through recurring themes and symbols. The use of text, both an introductory stream of memory and interspersed throughout the book, anchor the images in Harvey’s own personal experience, and yet each image tugs on the viewers’ own memory, suggesting a place they also knew. The symbols – birds, teeth, windows, water and snow - used throughout Harvey’s work, elevate the mundane and suggest a complex jigsaw to be pieced together.

Harvey has always experienced the world viscerally but now a new heightened sense of awareness runs through her work. The joy in Harvey’s signature use of colour is tempered and balanced by a sense of loss at her inability, and the camera’s inability, to halt and capture time. This is emphasised by the subjects of Harvey’s photographs who are usually partially concealed, whether it be through careful cropping, distance or her use of lighting. A girl through a rainy car window, a child behind a curtain, a man silhouetted by a bonfire, the legs of a teenage girl swimming out of view – these figures are vanishing just beyond reach.

‘Now dissect our bodies, pull out heart, shit, and eyes, and see each one of us is each other, we are orchestras, we are bombs. We are houses of cooking smells, arms around us and two aspirin. We are a normal pap smear, the first violets and meeting the bus from school. We are a Tuesday where nothing really happens. We are first cups of morning coffee, hand-printed welcome-home signs and community. We are paying attention. We are only this moment, the length of a photograph.’ Cig Harvey

Cig Harvey’s work has been the subject of numerous international solo exhibitions and is included in permanent collections of major museums including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. She has been a nominee for John Gutmann fellowship and the Santa Fe Prize, and a finalist for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and for the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Her two previous monographs, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (2012) and Gardening At Night (2015) both sold out rapidly. The series, You Look At Me Like An Emergency, was first exhibited at The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway. Harvey’’s devotion to visual storytelling has led to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales amongst others. She is represented by Robert Mann Gallery, New York; Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, and Beetles + Huxley Gallery, London, UK.





Today's News

December 11, 2017

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The Victoria & Albert Museum opens the UK's largest ever exhibition on Winnie-the-Pooh

17th-century royal souvenirs tell the story of Charles II's dramatic escape after the Civil War

The Kupferstichkabinett opens a comprehensive museum exhibition of works by Willi Baumeister

Science and art come together at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery

Portland Art Museum opens "In the Beginning: Minor White's Oregon Photographs"

Ketterer Kunst auction sets world record for Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Krannert Art Museum wins prestigious award, adds 16th-century print to its collection

New collection exhibition focuses on how artists have depicted human beings with all of their emotions and instincts

Ruiz-Healy Art opens exhibition of works by Ricky Armendariz

Exhibition at the Jason Jacques Gallery pairs Art Nouveau pottery with contemporary jewelry

New work from Matt Black and Elliott Erwitt's recently rediscovered first series of work on view at Magnum Print Room

Native American jewelry, pottery and collectibles go up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Publication of new book by Cig Harvey coincides with exhibitions in Boston and New York

'Green Diamonds: Natural Radiance' debuts at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

No Longer Empty announces 'Hold These Truths' at Nathan Cummings Foundation

Grazer Kunstverein opens solo shows of works by Isabel Nolan and Ola Vasiljeva

Solo show by artist and choreographer Manuel Pelmuș opens at Para Site

Kunsthalle Bremen opens exhibition of works by four young talents

Whitechapel Gallery commissions Matt + Fiona to build new school art room

Exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum features more than 40 works of art inspired by music

Exhibition of new work by Mayme Kratz opens at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

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