Sunday, January 25, 2009

Revisitation of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison:


Robert ParkeHarrison studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of New Mexico. Shana ParkeHarrison earned her degree in painting from William Woods College, going on to study dance history and metalsmithing at the University of New Mexico. In 1999 Robert ParkeHarrison was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The ParkeHarrisons' collaboration has developed over the past sixteen years and in 2000 they publicly acknowledged co-authorship of their images.

Abandoning the tightly closed narrative format of their earlier photographic works, the ParkeHarrisons continue to pursue, with the same absorbing psychological and sensory effect, the ever-bleakening relationship linking humans, technology, and nature. This time the works feature an ambiguous narrative that offers equally compelling insight into the dilemma posed by science and technology's failed promise to fix our problems, provide explanations, and furnish certainty pertaining to the human condition. The ParkeHarrisons also explore the epic landscape as a metaphor for the state of mankind, particularly alluding to recent natural disasters and their aftermath.

Restoration: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison Offers Mid-Career Survey

Jack Shainman Gallery

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