BOOK RELEASE AND READING
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 6–9 PM
321 Gallery is pleased host a book launch for Thompson Harris’s new publication The Skate. Comprised of Harris's original prose and nine paintings, The Skate crafts a dark surrealistic narrative. From the arabesque pattern on the cover to Harris’s labyrinthine compositions weaving throughout the story, the work compels readers to re-negotiate and reevaluate the way they see. Part weird-fiction and part allegory, the text begins as a meditation on Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin’s painting Le Raie (1728). Starting in the bowels of the skate, the reader is drawn into a scene “near oblivion, full with potentiality.” Passing through the skate’s interior, Harris leads us to a dark littoral world–the setting for a dialogue between a non-binary being and a wayward mariner caught in a fatal struggle to navigate themselves beyond a quagmire both “virtual and the primordial.” Through his paintings and engaging narrative style, Harris executes a circuitous exploration of a future world comprised of diverse philosophical landscapes and vivid imagery.
Thompson Harris (b. 1985) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. His recent group shows include sun stains / future spore breeders (Striphanger, Brooklyn, NY) and Last Supper (Woodpile, Brooklyn, NY). Harris has taught art and design for seven years, most recently as a lecturer at Moore College in Philadelphia. Harris is also the co-founder of SEMINAR, a monthly artist-led discussion group started in 2013 focused on philosophical and aesthetic texts. His recent lecture Slimy Fictions occurred this past November at 321 Gallery. His first solo exhibition will open this spring at Matinee Projects in New York City.
DAN BOARDMAN AND SOPHY NAESS
NADA NEW YORK