Harrison Earl is an artist with a surrealist approach to art, conjuring up images from his imagination with the idea that art can be something from a dream and comes from the depths of the subconscious. Harrison’s influences come from his teenage pastimes of reading comic books, watching anime films and listening to 90s alternative rock bands. His latest exhibition titled Black Rainbow uses dichotomy as a theme to tie together individual pieces of artworks in a dreamlike vision.
City Hub asked Earl what prompted him to create pieces of art based on dichotomies?
“When I began making the body of work for Black Rainbow back in January of this year, all I knew was that I wanted it to be a strange sort of study into the human form. The theme of dichotomy seemed to evolve organically as I made the work, so I wanted to push that.”
Adding to that Earl then talked us through his primary inspirations for the exhibition, “David Lynch is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers and human beings, and he has such a unique way of depicting these towns and societies that are outwardly beautiful and dreamy, but have this deeply dark, creepy underworld simultaneously, much like the real world you and I live in. It produces somewhat of an eerie atmosphere of its own kind, and that’s what I attempted to channel, even in the title of the exhibition.”
Without conforming to a conclusive style of painting, Harrison is not only pushing boundaries conceptually and stylistically but he is also gaining personal insights about the mystery of being human and channeling that through his art. He also lets the audience do the interpretation of what it all means rather than him telling you what his intentions were. If you like surrealist art don’t miss out on the Black Rainbow exhibition.
Until Jun 20, 12-6pm. M2 Gallery, 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. Info: www.m2gallery.com.au
By Daniel Jaramillo.