About the Book
By combining handguns with traditional summer pleasures such as reading, swimming, biking, or baseball, "Summer in the City" takes the American obsession with packing heat to its logical and darkly humorous conclusion. Sadly, this work becomes more relevant each day.
"Summer in the City" is a monograph of a series of paintings that apposes self-portraits as First Ladies with guns and fun-in-the-sun. In addition to reproductions of all thirty paintings, the monograph includes an essay by curator Yulia Tikhonova and foreward by Balinda Fiebiger of Enlightening Publishers, who conceived the book -
"I felt the need to publish this series of paintings in a monograph, so the work could be seen by more people than in just a fleeting gallery experience."
Available through your local bookstore including East City Bookshop http://www.eastcitybookshop.com/ and Upshur Street Books http://upshurstreetbooks.com/ in Washington DC, Square Books http://www.squarebooks.com/event/laura-elkins-summer-city in Oxford MS and on Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/lauraelkins
Laura Elkins, for the past fifteen years, has made her home in Washington, DC, a milieu that informs her current work. Elkins began painting as a child, taking lessons from several painters in her hometown, Oxford, Mississippi. The artist has a degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, where she also studied life drawing and painting. She was the Forsyth Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2008 and joined the Santa Fe Art Institute's Immigration/Emigration Residency in September 2015. Exhibitions in New York include solo shows at Tikhonova&Wintner and Ground Floor Workshop, and a group show at Dixon Place. In DC, her work has been exhibited in three solo shows at The Fridge and in numerous group exhibitions. For more info, visit her website lauraelkinsartist.com. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.