ROBERT & SHANA PARKEHARRISON
March 7 – April 26, 2014
Opening Reception with Artists:
Friday, March 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Artist Talk in the Gallery:
Saturday, March 8, at Noon
Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison gained instant recognition for their collaborative works shortly after graduate school when they began constructing and choreographing scenarios about mans effect on the landscape. In these stagings, Robert would dress in a black suit and starched white shirt, often referenced as the Everyman, and interact with the land, creating environmental performances. These surreal images addressed issues about the earth and mankind’s responsibility to heal the damage he created, and can be seen in their well-regarded first monograph, The Architect’s Brother, and in their second book of color images, Counterpoint.
Their newest series, Gautier’s Dream, marks a return to b&w imagery that reveals their love of opera, dance and cinema. Inspired by French artist, writer and critic, Théophile Gautier, these new works explore dramas that unfold in front of an audience and behind the velvet curtain. Their Everyman, once obsessed with saving the earth, now breathes in the earth, his face inhabited by sunflowers and daffodils (The Lover); becomes a collector of moths/butterflies by listening to them (Thief of Paris); and turns into a willing puppet, dressed in a top hat, awaiting his grand entrance (Apparition of Mallarmé). As the artists state:
“Our everyman balances on a small circus platform as he breaks from his burden of salvaging a dying world. These unexpected visual moments are not necessarily what the Everyman signed up for. But he partakes in the timelessness of ritual and make-believe. It is a world only slightly removed from his standard tasks. In fact, outside, beyond the velvety curtains and spangled chandeliers, we see the very the landscape he often tirelessly tries to rejuvenate and repair. The stage offers endless narrative possibilities and favors contradictions – hope and despair, desire and failure… to explore the fragile human condition, and the overarching shadow of environmental destruction. Perhaps the only true hope for our world and our human spirit rests in our ability to imagine.”
Robert ParkeHarrison received a Guggenheim Fellow in 1999 and Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison received the Nancy Graves Fellowship in 2007. The Architect’s Brother was published in 2000 (Twin Palms Twelve Trees Press), and is now in its seventh edition. Their color work can be seen in Counterpoint (Twin Palm Press, 2008). Their works are included in numerous museum collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House (Rochester, NY).
This is the last week to see Jeffrey Wolin’s exhibition, Pigeon Hill Then & Now. Wolin’s exhibition features a selection of people he photographed from 1987-91. Through Internet searches, word of mouth and visits to the housing complex, Wolin found dozens of people who posed for him when they were young. Now adults, Wolin showed them the original photograph, and asked them to recall that day, and reflect upon how their lives have changed.
Through press from the exhibition and shared messages on Facebook (a good use for Facebook!), Wolin has been able to reconnect with even more people. Since the show opened in January, he has continued to visit with people to show them contact sheets and hear how their lives have changed over the years. He scans the older photographs to give to the families and continues to make new portraits with each person he visits.
We expect to add more images to Wolin’s Pigeon Hill: Then & Now series in the coming weeks, check back soon!
Chicago Project photographer, David Schalliol, stopped by the gallery today to give us a copy of his recent publication, Isolated Building Studies. The book was produced by Japanese photography book publisher Utakatado. The 56-page softcover book is 7.5″ x 11.5″ and features 36 photographs from the series.
The book is already available in Asia, and will soon be available in the U.S. without shipping directly from Japan. In the meantime, if you are outside of Asia and would like a copy, you can purchase the book directly from David. The book is $19 (tax included), plus $4 for shipping within the U.S.
To see more work by David Schalliol and other Chicago Project artists, click here.
Treat your lover to some flowers today!
The above photograph is from Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison’s new series, Gautier’s Dream, which will be on view March 7 – April 26, 2014. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both artists will be in attendance. There will be a free gallery talk on Saturday, March 8 at Noon, followed by Appetite for Art (see website for information).
Appetite for Art is a great opportunity to share a meal with the artist, meet other art lovers, and ask questions in an intimate setting. The cost is $200.00 per person, which includes appetizer, lunch, one drink, tax and gratuity. As a bonus, you can use the luncheon price as a credit toward the purchase of a photograph by the guest artist within one week of the event. *
Robert ParkeHarrison received a Guggenheim Fellow in 1999 and Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison received the Nancy Graves Fellowship in 2007. Their first monograph, The Architect’s Brother, was published in 2000 (Twin Palms Twelve Trees Press), and is now in its seventh edition. Their color work can be seen in Counterpoint (Twin Palm Press, 2008). Their works are included in numerous museum collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House (Rochester, NY).
|Don’t wait – seating is limited. To reserve your seat call: 312-266-2350
Reservations must be made by March 1.
|What: Appetite for Art with Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Where: Club Lago 331 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60610 – 312-951-2849
When: March 8, 2014, immediately following a 12 p.m. Artist Talk at the gallery. Lunch will be from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
* Only one credit can be used per photograph. The event will take place rain or shine – tickets are non-refundable.
The Morris Museum of Art is currently exhibiting a selection of portraits from Keliy Anderson-Staley’s series, [Hyphen]-Americans: Tintype Portraits. Keliy will be speaking on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6pm as part of the museum’s Art Now contemporary artist series. Along with the lecture, Keliy will be giving free demonstrations on the wet-plate collodian tintype process Feb. 7-9, using local models. If you want to become part of the project and receive digital copy of your portrait, contact the museum (706-828-3867) to see if session times are still available. The lecture and demos are free to the public!
We are excited for the March release of John Cyr’s book, Developer Trays. The book, published by powerHouse Books, features John’s photographs from his Developer Tray series with an introduction by Lyle Rexer. The photographs include the trays from many well-known photographers, including: Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Adam Fuss, Emmet Gowin, Michael Kenna, O. Winston Link, Vera Lutter, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach, Andrea Modica, Abelardo Morell, Arnold Newman, Olivia Parker, Aaron Siskind, Minor White, and Joel-Peter Witkin. You can see all the trays in the series on our website.