De Soto Gallery is pleased to announce that it is now representing Judy Gelles. An exhibition of her new series, Beach Huts: Sunrise to Sunset, will be on view from July 12 to August 23, 2015 to mark the occasion. Selections from her 2002 series, Beach Boxes, will also be exhibited. The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception on Sunday, July 12 from 3 to 6pm.
Judy Gelles’ Beach Huts document brightly colored, beachfront shelters that dot a stretch of shoreline in Bournemouth, England. Each of the seventy-five huts is painted in a unique tint inspired by the surrounding landscape as it appears from sunrise to sunset. Like her earlier series, Beach Boxes, of similar structures in Melbourne, Australia, the new images are straightforward renderings with simplified backgrounds. Arranged in analogous color sets of grids and rows, the configurations are typological studies highlighting uniformity and variation.
Gelles' fixation with cataloguing dwellings stems from an interest in mapping how architecture and social organization intersect, especially as it pertains to families. Beach huts have a long and varied history in many parts of the world but have often been gathering places for friends and relatives, passed down through generations. The examples at Bournemouth are among the oldest of its type, some of which might have originated as wheeled bathing machines during the Victorian era when etiquette necessitated segregation of the sexes and was rigorously enforced, especially for women. Over time, the perception of beach huts has shifted according to changing cultural values, transitioning from aristocratic retreats to populist mass entertainment, from the embodiment of family tradition to the must-have accessory for the moneyed elite. Gelles' taxonomic approach to understanding the politics of space raises questions about the manner in which our quarters define, connect, and divide us.
Judy Gelles received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is in the permanent collections at LACMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
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