California artist Steven Harrington has created a colorful, inspiring world for Insideout, the first show held in his hometown of Los Angeles since 2009. Harrington’s solo exhibition will be on view from August 18 to September 1, 2012 at Known Gallery. Insideout represents the artist’s journey of discovery while creating a similar voyage for visitors, allowing the dialogue between artist and viewer to continue as layers of meaning and understanding are added to this thought-provoking collection. New works of art including recent paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures reveal months of unearthing and exploring, a concept Harrington hopes to expand as each visitor forges their own path of discovery. The title reflects Harrington’s process and the ultimate goal of the show: to take the inner, intuitive workings of an artist and draw them out, sharing the experience with the world.
Insideout marks a number of firsts for the artist. Harrington has recently delved into the world of sculpture and the exhibit will unveil his biggest sculpted piece yet. The show will also feature enormous graphite renderings, exploring the art of balance with totem-like structures of anthropomorphized everyday objects. Shown together, they tell a story of struggling to seek harmony that everyone will find familiar. The pencil drawings are Harrington’s largest to date.
Harrington teamed up with Swiss publisher Nieves to create the book Remain in Balance, which puts the story of his graphite renderings in print. It functions as a small catalog for Insideout, but also as a captivating stand-alone piece. More information about this publication will be released closer to show date. This publication was generously sponsored by The Times.
This exhibition is generously supported by Generic Surplus, who shares Harrington’s fascination with Southern California culture and desert intrigue. The project marks the third collaboration between Harrington and Generic Surplus this year. A new Harrington-designed Generic Surplus collection will be released during the exhibition opening.