RAWsalt | Michael Harnish: PINK LIGHT
opening 6-9 February 2
Salt gallery is pleased to announce Pink Light, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Michael Harnish. This is his third exhibition with Salt gallery.
In Harnish’s mid century remnants series, he explores the relationship between Los Angeles’ palms and post war design. The body of work not only works as a comparison between animate and inanimate objects , but also a stand in for thoughts and feelings derived from the artists understanding of a ever fleeting California culture.
Harnish’s study of the myth of the golden, western oasis city is explored in his palms. Their foreign associations helped reinforce the idea of “inventing the dream” so closely tied with Los Angeles’s changing culture and identity. The palms awkward and distant relationship to both the mid century apartments they often accompany as well as the natural desert terrain follows the state of many angelenos looking for placement. They are painted loosely and expressively often pulsating between defined form and caricature, giving them a new identity. The palms are squashed into the picture space to emphasize the collision of reoccurring patterns and shapes demonstrating both balance and uncertainty.
The paintings of chairs reflect the flashiness and sophistication of mid century furniture design. It was derived from Bauhaus experimentation which supplemented Californian ideology at that time. With large amounts of open terrain , builders invented cutting edge housing concepts for the nuclear family. They filled them with post war products often derived from newly invented war materials. In Harnish’s chair images, each piece is composed as both a portrait and advertisement. The focus of the image is on the object and its relationship to the empty space surrounding it . This allows for little distractions to the perfectly thought out silhouette and graphic lines that shape the generational objects. Subtle color and temperature shifts create a glow of hazy color which creates a ghost like appearance. All these ideas are included into Harnish’s newly developed series that explores a revival of this by gone era.