The past is just the future that arrived too soon, Nov–13
Oil on linen
Original size: 81 x 62 cm
The shifting double-take of Harper’s entropic Archaeology in Reverse, 2013, teeters as cognitive dissonance between the aestheticised cocoon of brain science and political and ecological realities. An analogy may be drawn with the dilemma of Beatrice and Robert in Ballard’s ‘The Drowned World’; they are reluctant to leave somewhere that feels safe but is ultimately destructive due to catastrophic changes in the weather: ‘Perhaps these sunken lagoons simply remind me of the drowned world of my uterine childhood - if so, the best thing is to leave straight away … There’s little hope of standing up to the rainstorms and malaria.’
– Text by Stephen Lee, for Art Monthly, October 2013
Recent solo shows include: The Angel of History, The Page Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 2013; Archaeology in Reverse, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, 2013; Danese, New York, 2012.
Recent group shows include: The Looking Glass, Bernhard Bischoff and Partner, Bern, Switzerland, 2012; Latitude Contemporary Art Prize, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 2011; John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2010; East End Academy, Painting Edition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2009.