Following the tradition of group exhibitions by siblings (see various exhibitions by Denise Durkin & Phillipa Durkin), GMG brings Felix's younger brother Pascal Harris into the fold for this exhibition, 'Brother Love'. The exhibition includes a photographic installation by Pascal Harris, five 2020 paintings by Felix Harris, and some mixed-media works - photographs by Pascal Harris and Hayley Theyers, painted on by Felix.
Hayley Theyers is an Auckland-based photographic artist and will feature in a group exhibition at Photospace Gallery in May-June 2021. hayleytheyersphotography.nz
The small black and white photos, I printed out in my friend Ryan’s darkroom. I have long longed to be able to use a darkroom regularly, but it has taken years for my wish to be granted. I would go to my friend’s studio once a week and spend an hour or two in the dark. Out of the dark my memories came, sweet and precious memories. Now, they were alive again and I could hold them in the palm of my hand. Some came out darker than I intended, some lighter. But I relished the expressive possibilities of chance. Laid out on the wall like this they become a small cosmos.
A small cosmos of my memories, like distant stars.
My brother Felix came to live with me in my two-bedroom apartment in Auckland for a few months last year. It was a strange feeling, the first time in 23 years that we were living together.
I had suggested to him a while ago that it might be a nice idea if he painted on my photos. Now that we were living together it was a perfect opportunity to put this in to practice. I had suggested the idea without thinking much of it, so I was surprised at how far the outcome surpassed my expectations. My photo and Felix’s painting became one artwork. Our worlds came together. I felt that we could be proud of each other.
The title ‘Brother Love’ includes some irony as Felix and I, coming from a dysfunctional family, have had a difficult relationship since childhood, but through this collaboration I felt we could express a kind of ‘Brother Love’, a mutual under-standing of the difficulty of life and a search for consolation and meaning in art.
- Pascal Harris, September 2020
Artist statement - Felix Harris
'He invokes images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and anxiety.'
- Eckhart Tolle on poet/novelist Rilke.
Puzzling World is an attraction in Wanaka. I sat there in the cafe while my ex girlfriend and her son went inside. She had made me a list previously that included 'freedom from guilt' among other shopping items. I hoped to acquire it.
After we broke up (missing the wild central) I learnt that grief is just a passage not a place to stay and other lessons from the house of the dead.
Eckhart Tolle speaks about forgiveness, quoting Jesus, 'Before you enter the temple, forgive.' You have a radiant essence here, nothing can touch it.
I enjoyed collaborating with my brother Pascal Harris. 'Brother Love' feels like the beginning of something wonderful.
- Felix Harris, September 2020