Details:

By evoking a screenshot or jpeg image that is commonly found on a phone or laptop, this painting explores the ubiquity of digital experience. Digital images are not provocative because of what they advertise; rather, they are a public expression of something deeply private that has the power to shock.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

The Harness (jpeg)

By evoking a screenshot or jpeg image that is commonly found on a phone or laptop, this painting explores the ubiquity of digital experience—as well as certain impulsive pleasures of sex life and codes of sexual behavior. Digital images are not provocative because of what they advertise; rather, they are a public expression of something deeply private that has the power to shock. This painting's figure—cloaked in dramatic shadows that are cast at the neck and chest—retains an anonymity that is also part of the appeal of such experiences. Many of the artist's recent compositions grapple with identity, meaning, illusion and the pursuit of goodness. On the other hand, this work explores distraction and indulgence—as well as discipline and its absence; it is simultaneously symbolic, tactile and somewhat commonplace.

As in all of Tharp's figurative work, the primary aim of this composition is to explore various traditions of painting and sculpture by combing them with the artist's own style—emerging with something altogether new. Tharp's process is both instinctual and strategic; however, there is never one, singular organizing principle at work in his compositions. Each painting involves fumbling around in the dark while simultaneously maintaining the projection of the artist's ultimate intentions.

Specs:

37.5 inches
49 inches

③ Artist:

Storm Tharp

Storm Tharp’s paintings are created instinctually, eschewing any single organizing principle. The artist’s figurative works explore the combination of various painting and sculptural traditions with his own strategies—a process always driven by the artist’s beliefs and narrative sensibility. For Tharp, portraits can evoke an entire life story when the colors on the picture plane serve as an emotional code for unraveling that life story.

Storm Tharp:
The Harness (jpeg), 2022
Gouache and watercolor on paper
49.0 × 37.5 inches /