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Summertime Salon
Installation View

Robin Rice owns a small gallery in the West Village and has mounted a big show for the summer. As she explains, “ I curated it, laid it out and while it’s not all strictly about summer, it works.” And she’s right. The gallery’s walls are literally covered floor to ceiling with a diverse group of photographs, 106 in all, from 30 x 40 inch prints to some more affordable 8x10s. You know it’s summertime because of the swimmers and divers on the wall. One that caught my eye was a 30 x 40 inch B/W print by Bill Phelps called “Warm Water Torso, Nassau.” It shows a woman floating on the water, but all you see is her nipple and part of her breast breaking the water. Another interesting image, with no quick summer connection, is Steve Miller’s MRI of a pineapple that he converted to a carbon print. I liked something about Melissa Incampo’s photograph entitled “Sarah’s BBQ, Fourth of July;” maybe it’s how she captured Sarah’s casualness standing at her backyard grill, lit cigarette hanging from her mouth. Something more elegant is a lovely 20x24 inch image by Patricia Heal called “Beach Samba.” It’s a photo of a woman’s beach hat that completely covers the wearer’s face and extends to the edge of the frame. Cool. Rice says the photographer uses a complicated printing process and keeps it a secret. I also liked an image called “Marfa” by Patricia McDonough, which shows a woman standing in front of a motel window only wearing a bra. With her face obscured, you want to know more about her.

Overall, there’s a lightness to “Summertime”—a sense of fun that permeates most of the work here. And that’s what summer should be all about.

Summertime Salon

Robin Rice Gallery
325 W 11th St.
Lower Manhattan - West         Map

212 366 6660

Wednesday, July 14 to
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Hours: Weds-Sun, 12 to 7