Six Solo Exhibitions

OK Harris Works of Art

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OK Harris Works of Art presents solo exhibitions of new work.


Masaaki Sato's newsstand imagery grows out of an ongoing processing of visual information inspired by living in New York surrounded by it's vibrant culture. In his paintings, the artist seeks to remove barriers and broaden horizons by exposing the viewer to foreign ideas and notions of perception. With singular concentration and seriousness of purpose, he pointedly critiques but also praises the consumer culture he observes.


It is only when materials have existed in one situation in the world and been discarded, that they begin to be interesting to Keith Long as a potential medium for his constructed wall sculptures. He sees the wear and tear of the material as a kind of archeological or anthropomorphic recorded history of its existence to-date. He then reassembles them in a way that , while never denying their previous existence, engages them in a new image, a Phoenix-like reemergence from the junk heap to the wall in a form that seems to ignore the relentless strain of gravity- for all their apparent weight and obvious joinery, these pieces seem to leap, to float, and often, to fly. As rough and direct as these pieces are, Keith Long's work nevertheless intertwines humor, grace, and a certain lightness of being which engages and lifts the spirit of the viewer.


The Adventures of S(anti) Claus
S(anti) Clause is the other side of the Santa Claus coin. While jolly St. Nicholas dispenses material rewards along strict guidelines, Old Nick pursues his customary cheeky capers. S(anti) Claus, that rogue, is untamable. In place of a crozier, gifts and good will, he carries a rod, coal and devilry. Hard bargains follow his visits. He's the blare of the horn in the hospital zone, the drunk at the wedding dinner, uninvited, unavoidable, a one-man raid on felicity, a snatcher of opportunity. He's the rascal in paschal clothing. He's been caught in the act and hermetically sealed in fifteen mixed media sculptures.


In 2005, photographer Mark Perrott gained access to recently closed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Western Penitentiary, and especially E BLOCK, a series of cells, reserved for first time prisoners, and returning parole violators. The whitewashed walls of these cells were covered with graffiti; raw words, mostly about rage, longing, hurt, and remorse, accompanied, sometimes, by child-like drawings that depicted bigotry, abuse, sex, and adult violence. His photographs of this place include images of these surfaces, and photographs of Western Penitentiary's architecture of confinement.


Architecture and functional objects inform the vocabulary of Richard Bottwin's work. The planes of the birch plywood sculptures, folding inward, parallel to each other, or lying flat against the wall are shaped to change alignments and appear to move as one walks around them. The surfaces, laminated with wood veneers or painted with acrylic colors, are configured to reveal surprising shapes and patterns with shifts in the viewer's perspective. A sense of disorientation, implied weightlessness and the element of surprise are created by the reductive forms and subvert the modernist vocabulary of the simple constructions.


The drawings in this exhibition have been developed from a daily process during which the artist Leonard Dufresne extemporaneously creates forms and imagery pulled from his stream of consciousness. They begin as unplanned doodles, and slowly coalesce into distinct, substantial, narrative scenes.



from December 04, 2010 to January 08, 2011
OK Harris will be closed December 24th-January 3, 2011

Opening Reception on 2010-12-04 from 15:00 to 17:00

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