Jack Pierson sets the tone of Dog Days with a sculptural text piece that is reminiscent of a lolling mantra one would exhale while settling into a well-deserved respite on a lazy summer afternoon. Adding a chorus of tranquility, Katherine Bradford’s paintings are rich in playful, lush hues depicting citizens-of-summer exerting various levels of carefree energy; some floating, some diving, some just possibly out strolling… then posing momentarily to be captured by the viewer.
Ryan McGinley’s photographs lean towards the more adventurous and rambunctious side of summer fun, yet can also be relaxed and contemplative. Each work radiates with aspects of the vitality of youth, companionship (human and animal) and the verdant backdrop of the sprawling stage of summer.
As the organizer of this exhibition, I have wonderful memories of each of these artists from summering in Provincetown. I’ve frolicked along the beaches with Jack, sailed with Ryan and Jack, and saw my first exhibition of Katherine’s at a wonderful gallery in the back room of Tim’s Books. It is indeed a thrill to have the three of them exhibiting in our gallery with, as Katherine puts it “works smelling of the sea” and of summer.