by Tyler Mazaheri

Summer is here. School is out, summer camp is in session, work has slowed, vacation is scheduled, days are long, the sun drags itself through the sky.

This June, curator Madeleine Mermall is presenting a collective rendition of summertime in a group exhibition titled SPF 32. Including contributions from thirty-two (primarily female) artists, the works explore the experiential lexicon of the season through various modes. As a time of “repose and reflection, exploration and adventure” the works are expressive of the simultaneously melancholic and blissful nature to the long summer days. Both “amiable” and “oppressive,” summertime envelops us and demands self-exploration and discovery, offering “relief and release” through its enduring tribulations, with one of especial significance—its impending end date. The artists featured in SPF 32 expand on themes of summer through “distilled moments,” depicting more than just “the fleeting fantasia of hot sun on skin.” The vignettes depicted are familiar; not in their quintessential imagery but in the emotions they evoke. We may not know every work’s subject, but we know one thing for sure—summer.

Held in Brooklyn’s oldest brewery, William Ulmer Brewery (81 Beaver Street, Brooklyn, New York), the show will extend from June 15th to July 6th of this year. The opening reception will be held June 15th from 6-9pm, with additional tours being held by appointment.

Artists included: Aaron Zulpo, Adrienne Tarver, Alexandra Hammond, Amy Lincoln, Audun Alvestad, Caitlyn Murphy, Chelsea Gibson, Deborah Brown, Elizabeth Tillemans, Emilia Olsen, Gail Spaien, Grace Metzler, Giordanne Salley, Jacob Patrick Brooks, JJ Manford, Kady Grant, Karen Lederer, Kathryn Lynch, Kyle Coniglio, Lesley Wamsley, Maddy Bohrer, Madeline Donahue, Mary Kudlak, Molly Busk, Maggie Ellis, Mary DeVincentis, Nicole Wittenberg, Polly Shindler, Re McBride, Sarah Slappey, Scott Indrisek, and Tessa Greene O’Brien.