Harlan Mack

When: March 13-April 25 2014

Harlan Mack’s recent drawings appear on a strange canvas: tarpaper. The Washington, Vt.-based artist has utilized that rough base to make striking mixed-media creations with acrylic, gesso and solvents. Examples of these unconventional pieces, along with Mack’s steel sculptures, appear in an exhibit titled “Draughts for Every Passing Game,” at the Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville this month. The artist says the exhibit is meant to “generate an apocalyptic narrative on the efforts of the Spirit of Death in the pursuit of a retirement.” Whatever that means, these unusually made works have a strange and disconcerting quality, an intriguing hint that something is not as it should be.

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