Exhibition Dates: March 7 - April 26, 2014
Artist's Opening Reception:
Friday, March 7
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 8
Titled after Theophile Gautier, a French artist, writer, and critic ParkeHarrison's new work Gautier's Dream depicts the artists' Everyman as a performer. Drama and theatrics have always been a part of the work of Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, but in this new series we see the Everyman take to the stage. As a performer the Everyman now plays and practices his characters. The work celebrates ParkeHarrisons' love for theater, cinema, and dance.
Play and performance have as much potency and purpose now as in earlier series where our Everyman worked in the landscape to heal the scarrings of Man. While what happens on the stage is not reality it often mirrors truth, so though the Everyman is liberated from saving a dying world he only engages in it more symbolically.
Pieces of the natural world- animals, insects and flowers are found in the frames, so the scene is still often centralized around nature. InThe Lover we see the lead covered with flowers and in Weather Spy, again his visage is masked and he tries with birds and test tubes to predict an impending storm. Make-believe and performance allows a folding in of additional layers, including beauty, jeux, research and study. Thief of Paris is an entire laboratory where samples are scattered and tubed, and inWaters of March we see an explorer preparing for a trip, a birdcage included in his pack. Other works are more directly tied to the drama of the theater, Gautier's Dream and Pelican for example; both seem to catch the pinnacle of the performance. We begin to find that the stage can give more weight to the frames than the landscape. Tension heightens because we fall in love with frames that we know have compressed narratives. We forget ourselves and disconnect from our reality and float into the imagined, and we see the Everyman doing just that for us as the world still turns around him. We wonder if the only hope we have left for the World is the imagined.
For more information on the Exhibition, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery
Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Thief of Paris, 2013
© Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison