JANA HARPER: BLESSING THE RIVER
The Browsing Room Gallery (Downtown Presbyterian Church) / 154 5th Ave. N. April 6, 2019 - May 26, 2019
The Browsing Room Gallery at the Downtown Presbyterian Church is proud to present an exhibition of recent artwork by Jana Harper - Blessing the River.
Harper’s artwork draws inspiration from multiple sources; the repetitive forms in Hindu cosmology; the fabric works of Louis Bourgeois, the language of early abstraction and its relationship to theosophy, a year spent studying contemplative dance, and a recent trip to Cambodia. Harper states: “I return to certain forms over and over (mounds, bumps, humps, etc) and I often find myself questioning where they come from. But after traveling to remote temple sites in Cambodia this winter, I realized that these are ancient, archetypal forms. So for this show I fully let go of my impulse to judge and just made the repetitive forms that continue to fascinate me.”
About the Artist: Jana Harper is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the themes and tensions between materiality and transcendence, chance encounters and human willfulness, relationships and connectivity, and human acts of meaning making. Originally trained as a printmaker, her work takes many forms, and she works both individually and in collaborative settings. Her work is held in several public collections including the Library of Congress, the Sackner Archive for Visual and Concrete Poetry, J.S. Blanton Museum, Proyecto Ace Print Collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. She is a recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award in support of her project This Holding, which will premier at OZ Arts Nashville in 2020, and in May, her collaborative performance Cargas will be a part of Intermittent Rivers, the Matanzas portion of the Havana Biennial. Jana is associate professor of the practice in the department of art at Vanderbilt University.