Along a River of Sapphire Pools brings together a diverse group of artists who have each designed a limited edition beach towel. The annual exhibition and online store takes its title from John Cheever's 1964 short story The Swimmer. This suburban story takes place in one afternoon following Neddy Merrill who swims all of his neighbor's pools forming his own eight-mile river which he names after his wife.
"The day was lovely, and that he lived in a world so generously supplied with water seemed like a clemency, a beneficence. His heart was high and he ran across the grass. Making his way home by an uncommon route gave him a feeling that he was a pilgrim, an explorer, a man with a destiny, and he knew that he would find friends all along the way; friends would line the banks of the Lucinda River." - The Swimmer
Along a River of Sapphire Pools is curated by Michael Fleming and Olivia Swider.
Sapphire Pools 2, 2018 artists:
Joey Enos, William Downs, Carlos Jaramillo, Jon Key, Jarrett Key, Christina Yuo Ko, Cole Lu, Shana Sadeghi-Ray, Tamara Santibañez, Olivia Swider
Sapphire Pools, 2017 artists:
Billy Buck, Michael Fleming, Jacob Haupt, Nicholas Steindorf, Morgan Blair, Panayiotis Terzis, Amie Cunat, Nicholas Cueva, Liz Nielsen, Olivia Swider
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About the curators:
Michael Fleming founded his Brooklyn gallery MOUNTAIN in the winter of 2016. Fleming is a visual artist and curator.
Olivia Swider is an artist, curator and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Swider directs the artist run gallery Selena in Bushwick.