Dec 9th 2012

Participating artists: Candida Alvarez, Joanne Aono, Claire Ashley, Karen Azarnia, April Behnke, Jerry Bleem, Deborah Boardman, Steven Carrelli, Edmund Chia, Paul D’Amato, Dana DeGiulio, Katherine Desjardins, Josh Dihle, Susanne Doremus, Judith Geichman, Michelle Grabner, Carrie Gundersdorf, Lindsey Hook, Jason Lazarus, Eric Lebofsky, Louise LeBourgeois, Jin Lee, Riva Lehrer, Jim Lutes, Betsy Odom, Sabina Ott, Kim Piotrowski, Tyson Reeder, Mario Romano, Chris Toepfer, Viki Siliunas, Maria Vergara, Kevin Wolff, Jay Wolke, Caleb Yono, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and more.

A collaborative drawing project designed to generate questions and conversation about looking with our eyes, hands, bodies. The gallery will serve as a drawing studio, while Harris and over 30 invited artists draw self-portraits, generating an expanding grid of drawings that will cover the gallery’s walls. A life long investigation for Harris, in this project, she asks other artists to ponder with her a number of questions: What is the relationship between self-reflection, self-expression and self-representation, between internal feeling and external appearance? What is the difference between vanity and self-consciousness? How do our minds shape what we see? How does drawing connect to and enhance perception?

“Perception and self-perception are murky things, defined not
just by our five senses but by our ability to move, our memory, imagination
and emotions, our personal, cultural and societal expectations, not to mention
the difficulties of being both perceiver and perceived. Fundamentally, perception
is a product of the mind: as each of us is unique, each of us perceives uniquely.
I’m interested in all possibilities.” -Anne Harris

Anne Harris received her BFA in 1986 from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MFA from Yale in 1988. Her work has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the California Center for the Arts, The Portland Museum of Art and The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and at galleries such as D.C. Moore (NYC), Alexandre (NYC), Nielsen (Boston) and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago.) She teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is vice president of the board and chair of the exhibition committee at the Riverside Arts Center. She is represented by Alexandre Gallery, New York, NY.

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