Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison: The Architect’s Brother

  July –
September 2005

Image from the exhibition The Architect’s Brother at Gallery of Photography Ireland, July 30 – September 18 2005.

Internationally renowned American Artists, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have been exhibiting since the mid 1990’s and their unique artistic technique has caused their work to become some of the most sought-after contemporary art in America.

The ParkeHarrisons create large-scale coherent narratives reminiscent of early 19th century images imbued with futuristic allegories. The fate and state of the earth and the attempt to heal is the prevailing topic. Each work is the result of painstaking research involving hundreds of drawings and sketches as well as hours of reading and writing, with influences as far-ranging as literature, dreams, artists both historical and contemporary, inventors, theatre, and cinema. The ParkeHarrison’s work has been exhibited widely across the United States and has been acquired for such prestigious collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian.

Creating a genre unique within photography, the ParkeHarrison’s construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances featuring an Everyman character a man dressed in a black suit who interacts with a landscape. The surreal and often humorous images are a mixture of a black and white silent film and a dream you can’t forget. The artists combine elaborate sets (some of which take months to construct) and their impeccable sense of wit and irony, to address issues about a dying planet and mankind’s efforts to heal damage done to its landscape from exhausting its resources.

Exhibition organised in partnership with Cork County Council, The Gallery of Photography & the Embassy of the United States, Dublin.