About the Work
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.
MacGregor Harp has exhibited extensively, most notably at Suzanne Geiss in New York, The Stillhouse Group in Brooklyn, Freddy Gallery in Baltimore, David Petersen Gallery (Minneapolis) and with a solo exhibition at Jackie Klempay in Brooklyn. Harp is known for paintings that comment on the American legal concept of “Corporate Personhood,” which he relates to the prevalence of urban creative professionals and their commodified taste for luxury. In addition to his artistic practice, Harp is the co-founder of 247365, an exhibition space with locations in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn.
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