Last Chance: Sharon Harper at The Gallery at Hermès

Cory Jacobs
Nov 2, 2014 10:21PM
One week left to see Sharon Harper: From Above and Below at The Gallery at Hermès. 

Harper—who counts the moon, stars and sun as her subjects—is fascinated by traces and impressions. Her work explores the intersection of technology and perception. The Gallery at Hermès is pleased to present 11 large-scale works produced between 2003 and 2010.

Three distinct, but inextricably linked series present the viewer with images they could not see without the camera. Some photographs are created over a period of days, weeks and, in some cases, months on a single sheet of film inserted and reinserted into her large format camera. These exposures culminate in an image that depicts the cycles of the moon, along with any other chance interference that might occur. Others capture long exposures of the stars; time is marked by the length of the ‘scratch’ on the film. And yet another series employs a telescope rigged up to a digital camera.

Confounding our expectations of time and space, Harper gravitates toward experimentation: she does not know exactly what the final image will look like when she is making it. Her work lives at the convergence of photography’s technical capabilities and its poetic, even sublime, potential. Harper devotes much time to the making of these photographs. In the process, she creates work that asks the same of us.

Sharon Harper received an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston among others. Harper is a 2013 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography. She is currently a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.     

Through November 7th, 2014 The Gallery at Hermès 691 Madison Ave New York, NY 10am - 6pm Monday through Saturday 10am - 7pm Thursday
Cory Jacobs