Ships July 1st, 2016 36 pages / 8 x 10 / Full Color / Edition of 75
Design by Haynes Riley Printed at Cedar Graphics in Hiawatha, IA
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Ghost Prairie is published on the occasion of the exhibition Jen P. Harris: Ghost Prairie, presented in the CSPS Hall main gallery at Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from April 7 - July 3, 2016. The book includes written contributions from Anya Ventura, Sarah Falkner, and Jen P. Harris.
The central work in Ghost Prairie is a large, modular painting installation conceived in response to the Iowa landscape, by many measures the most radically altered ecosystem in North America.
Anya Ventura writes: “The formal composition calls to mind Walter Benjamin’s philosophy of history, in which he claims there exist small pauses or disruptions that hold the potential to blast apart our progressive, linear sense of time. Harris uses the idea of the ghost—a manifestation of loss that haunts the present—as a way of grappling with this unruliness of history, its strange shapes. The ghost in this work appears as a bad form, a type of sick repetition, an allegory of broken time. We come to realize that time—the fourth dimension—does not proceed along a straight line but instead is multiform, always on the verge of turning in on itself, and cannot be neatly platted.”
Support for Ghost Prairie provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.