Saturday, August 13, 2011

Awkward Space Artist: Harper Hunt

Harper Hunt was one of three artists showing at Awkward Spaces show August 4th through the 6th at The Gallery on 1st.

The three Hunt siblings, Rainer, August and Harper put on a remarkable showing of their creative talent. The collection of work was titled "Awkward Space". Their artwork is perspective driven, by themselves, their subjects, and audience. They provoke the space in which young artists lie, a space between the novice artist and the established, the awkward space. This gap allows flexibility as a creator, encouraging participation in different art forms and pushing the exploration of the unfamiliar, all of which August, Rainer, and Harper are accomplishing. In addition, they are taking this moment in time to collaborate together and produce a work of art that is expressive of their lives and their collective creativity.

Name: Harper Hunt
Age: 20
School Attending: Sarah Lawrence College

Harper Hunt, resident of Paris, Texas, attends Sarah Lawrence College in New York. In 2007 he held his first solo art show in Paris where he questioned the defining properties of art. Since then he has furthered his art interest in the film medium, and exercised his abilities through internships in-office and on set.

At Sarah Lawrence this past year he engaged in the art of screenwriting and perfecting the color photograph. His film background soon collided with photography and resulted in his ongoing body of work titled "Portable Objects". This project juxtaposes three elements: six props, a photograph of each prop, and a film that incorporates the same props. This comparison is meant to encourage the viewer to consider the movie prop as something more than just a portable object, in addition to, learning how to appreciate the inanimate. This project was inspired by the discovery of his uncle's, Dr. Harold E Hunt Sr's, opthalmology equipment, as well as the artwork he will display at The Gallery on 1st.

Harper displayed a series of images that were taken alongside his ongoing project, "Portable Objects". The digital images blend a contemporary perspective with the antiquated objects, ophthalmology instruments. Harper can't wait to bring a piece of history back to the Paris community with a modern perspective







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