Lanning Gallery in Sedona opens a new exhibition to showcase the joy-filled works of two gallery artists: Johnathan Harris and Howard Hitchcock. The exhibition opens with an artist reception for Johnathan Harris "1st Friday" evening, May 6th, from 5-8 p.m.
The use of unrestrained color is the most striking feature of any landscape painting by Johnathan Harris. His inventive palette captures realism then departs just enough to convey the emotions the scene evoked in him. Landscapes speak loudly to the artist and he sets out to interpret and capture those feelings. "I attempt to capture on canvas the sensations and revelations I experience when I am in the midst of nature," Harris notes. "My art gives the viewer a window into a perception of a reality in which I find refuge."
Johnathan Harris paints, in acrylics, from dark to light, leaving dark borders around lighter forms to further impact the light and color that so thoroughly capture the immediacy of his heartfelt interaction with nature. "When I look at Southwestern landscapes, I see the stark contrast of earth and sky ... mountain and valley ... sand and sage."
By contrast, the inventive sculptures by Howard Hitchcock speak not to nature but to the human condition, one fraught with irony, introspection and, often, humor.
In Hitchcock's pieces, which can range from 8" to 30" high, stylized human forms make up the building blocks of each disparate piece while clever titles ask viewers to look closer, to consider the forms and implications again. "Umbrella Group" is an umbrella whose handle, spokes and fabric are made up of people; "On the Cutting Edge" has human forms teetering on the blade of a cleaver; in "Pushing the Envelope," yes, human forms push a giant envelope; in "Free Flight" people burst through a teetering stack of boxes.
Hitchcock devoted decades to perfecting the art of ceramic shell casting and, for thirty-two years shared this knowledge as a university art professor. When no book could be found from which to teach he wrote one: Out of the Fiery Furnace (William Kaufmann, Inc. 1985).
Stop by Lanning Gallery to enjoy this newest exhibition, meet Johnathan Harris, and explore the captivating works of both artists. "Johnathan Harris and Howard Hitchcock" runs through May 15th.
Lanning Gallery is located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona.