13 March 2008

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

Mourning Cloak Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison are a husband & wife team who create wonderfully unique and beautiful images which combine painting techniques and sculpture with photography. I first encountered their work from The Architect's Brother online a few years ago and was as impressed by the aesthetics as I was by the humour. I feel the images make their point without being excessively morose - and it's too easy to go in such a direction given the subject matter. The Visitation Garden of Selves The images from The Architect's Brother were made using the archaic photogravure process, which explains their unique texture and Victorian-esque look. Their newer, colour work can be viewed on their official site. Personally I prefer the surreal turn their new work has taken - it creates a world even stranger than the monochromatic photogravures of The Architect's Brother. Listening to the Earth Summer Arm
"I want to make images that have open, narrative qualities, enough to suggest ideas about human limits. I want there to be a combination of the past juxtaposed with the modern. I use nature to symbolize the search, saving a tree, watering the earth. In this fabricated world, strange clouds of smog float by; there are holes in the sky. These mythic images mirror our world, where nature is domesticated, controlled, and destroyed."

- Robert ParkeHarrison in this bio
Stolen Summer Overflow To me some of their newer colour work - especially 'Overflow' (above) and 'Gray Dawn' (below) - looks like it could come straight out of Andrei Tarkovsky's Mirror or Stalker. And I love that - like they're images of a world halfway between memory and imagination. Gray Dawn


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