Aran Cravey Gallery is pleased to present Summer Magic, a group show of photography curated by Shelley de Soto, with works by Adam Ekberg, Nick Meek, Naida Osline, Katie Shapiro, Trujillo-Paumier, and Carlo Van de Roer. The exhibition serves as a meditation on the ritual of summer, forces of nature, magic, and synchronicity.
The works in Summer Magic convey the hypnotic, chimerical, almost hallucinatory quality of a summer moment. Summer fosters adventure and optimism, opening the door to possibility and happenstance, magic, and synchronicity. Jung described synchronicity as "a causal connecting principle" in which events, both large and small, in the external world might align to the experience of the individual, perhaps mirroring or echoing personal concerns or thought.
To usher in the summer solstice, long ago celebrations and rituals were held on Midsummer’s Eve, a time when the veil between the real world and an imaginary one was transparent, thus letting spirits, beings, magic, and fairies come to the fore. In the contemporary world, the power and magic of the summer solstice still lingers, with new technologies in photography to help raise the veil. Nadine Osline investigates the transformative, mythical and ethereal nature of existence by utilizing digital photography and computer-based imaging software to create uniquely hybridized images touching on the mystical. The constructed photographs by Adam Ekberg are of ephemeral occurrences that actually exist in the world, sometimes only for the moment the photograph is made, an alchemy of sorts, transforming the mundane into the poignant. The “perfect moment” is accentuated in Nick Meek’s heightened colorized slant on atmospheric and light saturated photography, a “still point” of time and transcendence. Katie Shapiro’s portraits visualize an invisible entity that is created within the interconnectedness of human relationships —to express this, her subjects are physically and photographically joined together, creating a third form. The parapsychological photography of Carlo Van de Roer uses technology created orbs and auras to examine the intersection of photography and the supernatural, bringing us a little closer to the magic of photography. Best known for their poised and meticulous portraiture and travel imagery, Trujillo-Paumier reference art historical antecedents in the classical beauty of their photography, with an emphasis on community—the sharing of food, culture, and the special relationships that help define it. Collectively, the artists in Summer Magic, conjure up the spell of summer, inviting the viewer to partake in a celebratory rite.