Sunday, September 26, 2004

And now -- art. The DeCordova Museum in Lincoln has a wonderful show just up of work by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, showing their pictures of Robert cast as "everyman" in an ill-fitting suit, coping as best he can with absolutely desolate hallucinatory dreamscapes, strewn with smokestacks, fields of light bulbs, and in one piece, a wickerwork radar dish. One picture shows him sewing up a rift in the earth, another pulling it back to adjust the gears of the machinery beneath; in yet another, he is trying to reattach a limb to a tree in a field of sawed-off stumps.

If this is the kind of thing you like, then you're already trying to figure out how to see it. It's at the DeCordova through January; the Toale gallery in Boston has a smaller show of ParkeHarrison work through mid-October, featuring some of the same pieces. Either is very worth your while.

By the way, not apropos of that or anything else, I have a few free gmail invites which I'm not sure what to do with. They're free to interested and reasonably friendly parties, while the supply lasts...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

These remind me of the paintings of George Tooker -- the subdivided landscape, the isolated figures. One piece was like a tribute to Tooker's "Landscape with Figures" (if memory serves). Nice stuff. Thanks for the pointer.

Kip W

11:19 AM  

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