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Join Open Door Art Studio & Gallery for the opening of Friends & Apparitions, an exhibition featuring the work of their incredibly talented Artist-in-Residence, Dana Lynn Harper!
“Friends & Apparitions,” is a playful and boisterous exhibition celebrating the individuality of the human spirit. The inner workings of people are translated into layers of texture, pattern, and color. Utilizing textiles, paper, and plastics; aspects of personality, aura, consciousness, and spirit are made visible. Each being borrows the form of celebratory objects, like piñatas, paper lanterns, and pom-poms. These playful forms are combined with ornamentation inspired by the growth of plants and flowers. Materials are dismantled and reconfigured into layers of a new imagined being, a soul without the body. Through this interpretation, the immaterial is made tangible.
The formation and complexities of spiritual growth are similar to the formation of each figure, sculpture, and drawing. Through play and experimentation, the figures appear. Instead of an overarching plan, each decision informs the next. Each layer builds upon the one before it, focusing on the present moment rather than anxieties of completion. There is a parallel between the unpredictable growth of the spirit and the materialization of each piece, both occurring through freedom, patience, and play.
Works in this exhibition are models, sketches and experiments for larger sculptures that will be created at residencies occurring in the fall. Harper will be at Tides Institute & Museum of Art in Eastport, Maine, during the month of September. In October and November, Harper will continue this project at PlySpace Residency in Muncie, Indiana.