Skin & Bone: David R. Harper

Date: Apr 9 - Oct 17, 2010
Artist: David R. Harper
Curated by: Sarah Quinton

David R. Harper (Halifax/Chicago) embroiders portraits of people on animal skins, playing on one of the traditional roles of portraiture which was to immortalize and elevate the subject through artistic representation – just as the trophy from a hunting excursion might be a bear skin rug or a rack of antlers. These images of anonymous, Victorian-era men and women imply an emotional distance that allows the artist to poke at the slippery slope where nature and culture meet.

Find out more about Person Place Thing, three exhibitions featuring Lia Cook, David R. Harper and Stephen Schofield.

 

Related Programs and Events

2-Day Workshop: Photo Image Silk Screen with Jeff Garcia
Saturday June 12 and Sunday June 13, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn a variety of techniques for printing photo images onto cloth and paper. Includes a visit to the exhibition Faces & Mazes and hands-on work in the studio. Co-presented with the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op.

Members $120, Non-members $144, Full-time students $80. Materials $35.
Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x 2221.

Seminar: Rogue Embroidery with David R. Harper
Saturday August 14, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Spend a day with the artist and explore embroidery as a creative and experimental method of expression where patterns, drawings, and images can be transferred and embroidered onto various unusual surfaces. Includes an illustrated lecture on historical, narrative, and rogue embroidery, and embroidery in relation to taxidermy.

Members $50, Non-members $65, Full-time students $40. Materials $8.
Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x 2221.

Seminar: Adam's Simple Ration with Stephen Schofield
Saturday October 16, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Spend a day with the artist that includes an illustrated lecture, a walkthrough of the exhibition, and experimentation with eggs to produce temporary sculptures. Test the potential of food as an art-making material and consider the poetic transformations that take place when “Adam’s simple ration” is put to use.

Members $50, Non-members $65, Full-time students $40. Materials $8.
Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x 2221.