Poolscapes reviewed by Elisabeth Biondi in The New Yorker

While the temperature is rising, more cool summer photography shows are opening. One of the doyennes of the photography world, Bonni Benrubi, chose “Summer Place” as her subject of her gallery’s current exhibition. The pictures show spaces where the subjects can behave in a playful, summer-like fashion. Summer shows, Bonni says, allow her to be loose in her selection of photographs and artists, and include non-gallery artists in addition to her own. As much as her show is fluid, it does express Bonni’s personality: she is solid and true to herself.

The quintessential summer space, of course, is water. There are wonderful surf pictures in the show, but the coolest pictures are Karine Laval’s pool photographs. Laval has always had a special relationship with the element of water. Her pool project started in 2002, when she obsessively took pictures of bathers at Barcelonetta, a public pool in Bacelona, Spain. Its modernist architecture attracted her, and she decided to cross-process her pictures. Pleased with the result, she continued to take pool pictures all around Europe. I like the Bauhaus aesthetic, and Laval’s images have a similar feel.

Laval’s more recent pictures are dreamier and more elusive, beautiful in a painterly way; they seem to reveal hidden worlds. My mind is seduced into lingering in spaces between the real and the imagined. I want to float in cool waters and forget about the heat wave in steaming New York City.

Elisabeth Biondi for The New Yorker

See more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2010/07/summer-shows-part-ii-summer-place.html#ixzz0vrTyj5O5

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About karinelaval

Karine Laval has been is a French artist living and working in New York. She works primarily with photography and video and shares her time between New York and Europe, alternating magazine and client assignments with an artistic practice, wherein she combines portraiture with images of geographical locations and visual narratives. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, The New Yorker, Elle, Eyemazing, among others. Her work is exhibited worldwide in galleries and festivals. Laval was selected by Photo District News’ (PDN) 30 Emerging Photographers in 2005. Bonni Benrubi gallery in New York City currently represents her.
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