What Was The Question
DIMENSIONS 24" x 20" MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 50, 2014
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
What Was The Question is based on a flower painting by MacGregor Harp that was part of a 2014 group show with Joshua Abelow, Sadie Laska, and Adrianne Rubenstein at David Peterson Gallery (Minneapolis). The show's press release reads, "one strategy to complete a maze - the kind you might encounter on the children's menu at a restaurant - is to begin at its finish line, working your crayon back to the start." Harp takes this approach to explore the disparity between what constitutes an "original" work of art and what is seen as mere trivial decoration, building a painting system in which uniqueness can be embedded inside a conventional syntax. This system includes working from how-to YouTube videos and other instructional experiences, creating visual tension through the paradox of irregular uniformity.
Framing option is natural wood, 3/4" wide flat face and 1 1/8" deep, with UV acrylic glass.