Six Gestures: Jana Harper – November 1 – 29, 2014


COOP Gallery  is pleased to present “Six Gestures,” a show of on-going works by Jana Harper investigating the ‘inward structure’ of the mind. The exhibition features works on paper and small sculptures made from found materials.

Harper says, “What I observed was not so much the structure, but the repetitive nature of the mind. The late Irish philosopher and poet John O’Donohue once said that at any given time, we have a limited number of recurring thoughts roving through our minds. These Six Gestures represent my repetitive thought forms. I allowed myself to draw and re-draw, construct and re-construct the forms that my mind returns to again and again: dots and lines, spheres and planes, soft and sharp, bundled and stacked, connectivity and electricity, love and injustice. “

Harper’s work explores the themes and tensions between materiality and transcendence, chance encounters and human willfulness, relationships and connectivity, and the natural world and human acts of meaning making.

More about Jana Harper
A native of Washington D.C., Harper taught for 13 years at Washington University in St. Louis before moving to Nashville in June, 2013. She teaches part time in the Vanderbilt Department of Art. Her work has been shown in group and solo shows both nationally and internationally and is held in several public collections including the Library of Congress, the Sackner Archive for Visual and Concrete Poetry, Proyecto Ace Print Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Janet Turner Print Collection at California State University. Her most recent exhibit in Nashville was called You Call it a Cloud, shown in February, 2014 at Vanderbilt’s Space 204 Gallery.

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Jana Harper