Work by Sandra Harper on exhibit at COMMUNITIE
March 9th, 2017 under Arts
MARFA – Section 9 is an installation of mixed-media organic objects created by artist Sandra Harper, curated by Taylor Livingston, and on exhibit at COMMUNITIE Marfa.
A reception for the artist opened the show on Wednesday, March 8 and it will be up through April 30.
Section 9 is an installation of seaweed, mounted wet onto watercolor paper. The pieces are delicately sewn on scrim fabric and hung through the center of the space referencing the ocean waves from which the material originates while creating a structure to Harper’s process and vision.
Harper studied at Cal State Northridge. Her drawings, watercolors and paintings have appeared in group shows in Marfa and New York. She began collecting and working with different species of seaweed in 2014 and this is the first public exhibition of this series.
Harper is an artist, writer and market gardener based in New York City, and part-time Marfa resident. She is considered an east coast pioneer of the farm to market model; specializing in organically grown produce, prepared foods and gardening implements. She took part in the original Union Square market in NYC and later founded Harper’s, a roadside farm stand south of Hudson in Columbia County, New York.
In 2006, Harper developed and founded Farm Stand Marfa, which continues to be an integral platform for local gardeners and artisans in west Texas.
Her essays and articles have appeared in several West Texas publications. A collection of her diaristic pieces, focusing on animals and plants in the Chihuahuan Desert is being assembled for publication.
Taylor Livingston is a Texas native and the former Director of the Dennis Hopper Art Trust who has collaborated with internationally renowned artists, galleries, institutions and brands to bring multi-faceted art endeavors to fruition since 2008. Livingston currently lives and works in Marfa, where she participates in community centered public programs.
COMMUNITIE is the creation of award winning fashion designer John Patrick of the brand Organic. COMMUNITIE fosters revolutionary ideas by promoting sustainable projects and education, and supporting social and artistic exchange. It’s the belief that togetherness results in real “communitie” when its people are educated and inspired.
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