David Hockney isn’t the only artist to have turned their attention to swimming pools: Reflections, a new show in London by Paris-born photographer Karine Laval, shows images ranging “from sun-drenched, bleached-out European lidos to darker, more abstracted dystopian landscapes.”
The exhibition, organised to coincide with the publication of a major new book on her work by Steidl later this year, is taking place at London’s Crane Kalman Gallery. It shows work from two separate series – The Pool (2002- 2005) and Poolscapes (2009-2012) – which focused on the motif of the swimming pool, from the private to the public, the urban to the natural and the real to the imagined.
Laval has exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, been nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2016 and been published in the likes of The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Le Monde, Dazed & Confused and Harper’s.
Karine Laval: Reflections, 20 July to 19 August at Crane Kalman Gallery 178 Brompton Road, London SW1 1HQ