03.11.19 — STEVEN HARRINGTON - SOLO EXHIBITION OPENING
"Magic Hour," Los Angeles, CA
Opening reception April 13th, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
On view April 13th – April 22nd, 2019
At first glance, California artist Steven Harrington’s latest exhibition, Magic Hour, is an over-the-top world of poppy colors, wild characters, and psychedelic dreams. For many viewers this first glance will be enough. It’s a fun, immersive world of paintings, drawings, and sculptures that will compel and delight. But look a little deeper and viewers might find something more—further contemplation on the artist’s lifelong exploration of balance, nature, musings on creative evolution, personification of the subconscious, and a little bit of chaos encroaching upon this happy, colorful world.
Magic Hour is a journey through the last few years of the artist’s life—vibrant encapsulations of personal moments that also translate to simple themes all viewers can connect to. Just as the magic hour straddles time between day and night, these works walk the line between lighthearted playfulness and something a bit more nuanced, image for the sake of image and icons that inspire narrative. “At the end of the day,” Harrington says, “it’s about sitting down in front of a piece of paper and freely exploring.” Bold, flat colors, abstract hints of nostalgia, and familiar yet surprising forms all invite the viewer in. What happens then is anyone’s guess.
This exhibition is generously supported by Nike. Nike and Harrington have partnered to present a new, small capsule collection of clothing and footwear, the latest in a years-long collaboration. The launch of sneakers and apparel, all featuring Harrington’s unmistakable designs, will coincide with the showing of Magic Hour.
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