Aug 31st 2014

Anne Harris: Voulez-vous Déjeuner sur l’herbe avec moi?

@ Terrain Exhibitions

704 Highland Ave. Oak Park, IL

Opening Sunday, August 31st, from 4PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, August 31st

Anne Harris has been painting, alone in her studio, some version of a self portrait for the last 26 years. She’d like to paint somebody else for a change and would like some company doing it.

Anne believes avidly that all art that matters stays contemporary, that all painting is in some respect perceptual (at minimum, we look at it), that dividing lines based on subject matter or style are superficial, that the human body is a pleasure to paint, and that food is fun, wine is fine, and good conversation is a wonderful thing.

She hopes a wide range of people will join her for Voulez-vous Dejeuner sur L’herbe Avec Moi? A Luncheon in the Grass: People Painting People Picnic–that they will define painting as they wish, perception as they wish, “figurative” as they wish and the body as they wish; that together, we will eat, drink, converse and paint. Every luncheon on the grass will feature the artists Caleb Yono and Mikey McParlane, who will be performing as models. After each picnic and painting session, the works will be gathered and hung at Terrain Exhibitions for the duration of the exhibition, and returned to the participants at the closing reception.

Join artist Anne Harris for a luncheon and painting picnic on the lawn of Terrain South, 710 Highland Ave., on Sundays throughout the month of August from 1pm – 4 pm. Some materials will be provided (but please bring your favorite paints and brushes if you have them) along with food, beverages and good company. Follow our facebook event page for up to date information on each weeks painting picnic!

Anne Harris has exhibited at venues ranging from Alexandre Gallery (NYC), DC Moore Gallery(NYC), Nielsen Gallery (Boston), and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago) to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, The Portland Museum of Art, the California Center for Contemporary Art and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her work is in such public collections as The Fogg Museum at Harvard, The Yale University Art Gallery and The New York Public Library. Grants and awards received include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship.

Harris currently teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is vice president of the board of the Riverside Arts Center and chair of its exhibition committee. She also is the originator of The Mind’s I—a drawing project done in conversation with other artists, designed to investigate the complexities of perception and self-perception through drawing.

Harris lives with her husband, the photographer Paul D’Amato, and their son Max, in Riverside, IL.

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