Whit Harris Launches Water Carriers at Lauren Powell Projects in Los Angeles

Whit Harris in front of his site-specific project at Lauren Powell Projects in Los Angeles
Lauren Powell Projects

Whit Harris, “Old Bay”, 2022, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches Photo credit: Off Photography
Lauren Powell Projects

Lauren Powell Projects is delighted to present its third exhibition water carriers, Brooklyn-born and based Whit Harris’ first solo exhibition is now open through June 5. water carriers includes a series of five new oil paintings, the works on paper that informed them, and a site-specific installation that transports the viewer to a sublime space of gestural mark-making. The space engulfs both the audience and the artwork in an imaginative oceanic ocean. Informed by the artist’s love of ancient cosmology, astrological symbolism and water, she depicts philosophical parables of her lived experiences as a black woman combining her awareness and skills with stories and symbols of the past. .

A recent graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College in New York, Whit Harris ink and surreal canvases and works on paper evoke fantastical figures in moments of vulnerable introspection in a monochromatic or limited color palette. His aquatic scenes, featuring mermaids, fish, plants, and skulls dissipating and materializing in a lush habitation, draw on a variety of sources, including Buddhism, Hellenistic astrology, and surrealism. Inspired by modernists like Picasso and Chagall, these imaginary and murky realms teem with subconscious symbolism, offering insight into the intuitive and sensual nature of his psyche composes surreal figurative drawings, paintings and sculptures in a monochromatic or limited color palette .

Whit Harris, “Ophelia (Bathing Femme)”, 2020, India ink on paper Photo credit: Off Photography
Lauren Powell Projects

Harris’ exhibits include We were never gone at Hauser & Wirth in New York, and flesh and time and bread and friends at the Galerie Christine Mayer in Munich. Whit attended artist-in-residence at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut in 2019, and will be participating in a clay residency at Artshack in Brooklyn this summer. Harris received her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from Stony Brook University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

About Lauren Powell Projects

Lauren Powell curator, arts advisor and contemporary art enthusiast – has remained deeply involved in the New York and Los Angeles art communities since 2018. She recently opened Lauren Powell Projects in Los Angeles to showcase underrepresented emerging artists and installations specific to the site that appeal to art experts and novices alike. Its mission is to make the art world more inclusive and accessible to everyone. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Powell curated 9 in-person exhibitions and 28 digital exhibitions. Empowering artists with disabilities, she served as an artistic advisor for the Exceptional Artist Foundation in New York. Her work has been featured in Artnet, Artsy, Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper and W Magazine.

Lauren Powell Projects is located at 5225 Hollywood Boulevard. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.

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