Alibi Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of vintage photography by Charles H. Traub. Beach Photographs is a selection of 15 black and white photographs made by the artist in the middle 1970s from the lakefronts of Chicago. This is Charles H. Traub's first exhibition with the gallery. Opening reception is Saturday, July 14th, 6 pm to 8 pm.
Summer in Chicago may be brief, but hardly lacks for intensity. After spending much of the year under wraps and in degrees low on the mercury, Chicagoans fully embrace the season that restores warmth and vitality by crowding the city's ample beaches and lakefronts. Charles H. Traub was drawn to this spectacle in the middle 1970s and his richly textured black and white photographs, wrapped in soft vignette, offer up a voyeur's eye that is full of telling detail. The players in his photographs exist at the borders of the city, but also at the borders of the erotic and the vulgar. Many bodies are toned and youthful and charged with athletic sexuality, while others lay with a flaccid vulnerability or dot the landscape with an existential presence. With a mise-en-scéne that moves from carnival grotesque to formal abstract composition to odd forms of naturalism, Traub never posits conclusions on his subject, but instead allows one to linger in the warm and bright ambiguity of a seasonal ritual display that occurred in an era of more liberal social mores.