Monday, March 7, 2011
A man lifts and pulls a layer of grass to cover a barren, possibly scorched earth. He wears a dark suit, and off in the distance is what appears to be his clone, pulling the other end of the grass. The sky is stormy. The man in the suit is artist Robert ParkeHarrison and he plays an Everyman character in a series of photographs titled "The Architect's Brother." ParkeHarrison made this image - and those in the series - with his wife Shana.
The two artist/photographers work together, making photographs using sculpture, painting, and performance to create narratives and compelling landscapes. Many of their images feature this Everyman character, played by Robert, who struggles to heal the earth and understand technology.
We recently talked with Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison on These Days. I wanted to share some of their incredible work. The photos in the gallery to the left feature work from "The Architect's Brother" as well as from a new series called "Counterpoint."
Shana and Robert ParkeHarrison will talk about their work this Wednesday night at 7pm at the Museum of Photograph Arts. The presentation, "Mending the World: The Collision of Nature, Culture & Humanity," and is sponsored by the SDSU Art Council.