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David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost

February 7, 2016 — August 28, 2016
 

Installation view of David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

Installation view of David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

Installation view of David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

Installation view of David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

Installation view of David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

Installation view of David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

Installation view of David R. Harper: My Own Personal Ghost at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

 

The scene is reminiscent of a marvelous feast, a brimming banquet hall that appears in a state of interruption from completion. It is as though someone was called to the kitchen in the midst of setting the table. The air of incompletion may be jarring to a viewer accustomed to entering a museum or gallery space with the expectation of encountering “properly” displayed, fully resolved works. This very notion is one that artist David R. Harper (Sheboygan) confronts in his installation MY OWN PERSONAL GHOST.

Harper challenges his audiences to experience his work as a snapshot of a studio space frozen at the height of productive fervor. Harper’s vision is of that moment of high gear, full capacity rumination, and the visual cacophony that surrounds the cultivation of ideas and very busy hands. It is not the tidy, quiet wrapping up of a conceptual thought, but the idea in its moment of full bloom. There is yet more room at the table for potential and discovery.
 

Our gratitude is extended to The Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, Sargento Foods Inc., and the Herzfeld Foundation for major support of this exhibition and to the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding also was provided by the members of the Exhibitions & Collections Giving Circle. In addition, Arts Center programs are made possible by the generous support of its members.