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Raymond Meeks: halfstory halflife

October 3 - 27, 2018

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Halfstory Halflife, an exhibition of artist Raymond Meeks' newest body of work.  Over the course of multiple summers, Raymond Meeks has ventured the few miles from his rural home in the Catskill Mountain region of New York, to a single-lane bridge spanning the tributaries of Bowery and Catskill Creeks. Beneath the bridge, a waterfall drops sixty-feet over moss-covered limestone toward a forbidding pond. The local youth have come here from time immemorial, congregating near outcroppings and around a concrete altar – a remnant of an earlier stone bridge. Most allow themselves a brief running start before launching their pale bodies into the void, where tentative suggestions of flight mark the response to gravity. Taken collectively, their gestures allude to ritual, a prayerful response to the exigencies of budding sexuality and a future rife with uncertainty. Halfstory Halflife is a distillation of the photographs made in the shadows of these falls, marked each summer by the emergence of young adults perched at a precipice both in space and in their lives. The quietly beautiful, compelling black and white prints in the exhibition are presented individually, as sequences and as a larger installation and convey a feeling that is both raw and essential, intimate and universal. This is Raymond Meeks' third solo exhibition at Hartman Fine Art.