Graduate Fine Arts

David R. Harper

Thursday, April 7, 2022 6:00pm
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 ICA Philadelphia- 118 S 36th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

David R. Harper (B. Toronto, ON. lives and works in Philadelphia, PA) received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies.

Harpers work employs both traditional and non traditional materials such as embroidery, ceramic, and casting materials such as salt and charcoal in a cross disciplinary manner to create objects installations that grapple with notions of loss, love, feelings of belonging and how we use objects to inform our notions of self. Reflecting upon cultural fetishes, museum display and craft Harper engages the viewer in a dialogue on the historical and emotional weight that objects embody.

Harper has been included in group shows at museums in the US and Canada, including MASS MoCA, National Gallery of Canada and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and has participated in numerous solo exhibitions including My Own Personal Ghost (The John Michael Kohler Art Center), Plateau (South Bend Museum of Art) Skin and Bone (Textile Museum of Canada), A solo touring exhibition of Harper's work titled Entre Le Chien et Le Loup was organized by the University of Toronto in 2013

He has participated in several residencies including the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2016) Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2014), and the Kohler Arts Industry (2012/2014)

His work can be found in a number of notable collections including The Museum of Arts and Design, The National Gallery of Canada, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, MMoCA, Everson Museum of Art and the Crocker Art Museum.


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