Mark Havens’s Out of Season series depicts the disappearing motels of Wildwood, New Jersey, bringing out the interplay of an idealised past and its inexorable disappearance. Wildwood is a small barrier island at the tip of southern New Jersey, containing the highest concentration of mid-century modern hospitality architecture in the United States. These motels have remained unchanged for half a century, but are now slowly being demolished – vacant pools and forecourts replete with retro patterned uniformity are flanked by empty chairs, and haunted by a tangible absence. Havens attempts to halt the irreversible flow of time through these images, capturing a bygone era of simple leisure time. Artificial palms stand suspended, preserved in the same air as the photos themselves. Havens is a professor at Philadelphia University. His work has featured in publications such as The New York Times, and has been exhibited internationally. www.markhavens.com.
AAP Talk with Dr James Boaden, University of York
On Thursday 21 May Dr James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, will deliver the fifth and penultimate edition of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Lunchtime Talks.
Photography In Mexico
Photography In Mexico, now on at SFMOMA, showcases more than 150 works by Mexican photographers as well as American and European artists who found Mexico to be a place of inspiration.