Claire Harvey: Daily Measures opens June 14
"The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) presents Claire Harvey: Daily Measures in the Potter Gallery from June 14 through September 15, 2014. Harvey’s observational drawings transform everyday experience into fascinating microcosms, ranging in scale from miniature portraits to larger-than-life wall projections.
Claire Harvey: Daily Measures explores the relationship between subject, object, and medium through Harvey’s revelatory drawings. The artist repurposes everyday materials such as glass slides, sticky-tack, Scotch tape and Post-it notes to serve as portable canvases. Tiny yet expansive, these images depict familiar and fleeting daily scenes and passersby. When viewed together, they create unexpected connection and meaning. “Harvey’s artistic gestures are at once small and monumental, casual and carefully orchestrated. They shift our vision and therefore give us tools to look at the world anew,” says Cora Fisher, the exhibition’s curator.
As part of Harvey’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Claire Harvey: Daily Measures also includes a fully immersive installation entitled Into the Ordinary. Using overhead projectors, Harvey uses transparencies to magnify her drawings onto the gallery walls. The projections invite viewers to become part of the images cast around them.
As is traditional and special for many artists who show work at SECCA, Harvey is creating site-specific work exclusively for the exhibition, which will not be shown again in this particular configuration. “We are fortunate at SECCA to work with artists that are eager to provide such unique experiences for our visitors,” says Executive Director Mark Leach. “In this case, the ephemeral nature of the exhibition also subtly reflects much of the subject matter in Harvey’s work.”
Harvey, originally hailing from the UK, currently lives and works in Amsterdam. She has had solo shows at Galerie Fons Welters in the Netherlands; Espacio MeBAS in Spain; the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands; and the Tate Modern in England. Group exhibitions in the United States include the upcoming Small at the Drawing Center in June 2014 and Making Room: The Space Between 2 and 3 Dimensions at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012. In 2007 she received the prestigious Prix de Rome. Harvey has been artist-in-residence at Iaspis in Stockholm, Very Real Time in Cape Town, and the Rijkakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
An opening reception with the artist for Claire Harvey: Daily Measures will take place Saturday, June 14 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. The reception will follow June’s Second Saturday @ SECCA event, taking place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. To coincide with the exhibition opening, this Second Saturday will celebrate the pencil. There will be drawing activities, scientific observations made of the SECCA grounds, food trucks, and cartoons screened in the auditorium. Children’s book author Joan Holub will be signing her book Little Red Writing. Both of the day’s events are free and open to the public.
SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive and is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours of operations and other information, visit www.secca.org. Admission to SECCA is free."
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