║ Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison ║

© Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, The Scribe, 2006 

© Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Channel, 2006 

© Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Mourning Cloak, 2006 

© Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Gray Dawn, 2006
“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.
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.”

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