Mark Harrington: Recent Works @ Cabana Home, Santa Barbara


April 29, 2011 - July 9, 2011


Cabana Home, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, presents a solo exhibition of paintings and graphic works by California born and Germany based artist Mark Harrington.  Spanning the last 5 years, this exhibition features his large format non- representational paintings distinguished by their thickly layered surfaces organized in rhythmic bands of subtle, contrasting color. The project builds upon Harrington’s second solo exhibition with Edward Cella Art + Architecture; Depth of Field. 

Harrington’s Depth of Field series references the planes of focus in film and photography that resonates through his manipulated bands of thick color and texture.  As stated by Leah Ollman of the Los Angeles Times, “Harrington’s scraping the surface of his discontinuous bands yields passages that look like grainy, elusive photographs – details, perhaps, of lunar landscapes”. Constructed in the artist’s unique and labor intensive processes, the paintings assert a physicality of their own, which is also discernable in the finely detailed intaglio prints which also accompany the series.

Currently living in Bavaria, Germany, Harrington’s West Coast heritage has been a strong cultural and aesthetic reference in his work.  His work is currently on view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in a exhibition entitled, Framing Abstraction, curated by Marlena Donohue and art historian Peter Selz.  Harrington was featured in a solo exhibition entitled, The Shadow- Line at the San Jose Museum of Art, in 2008 for which Peter Selz wrote, “At a time when abstract painting, indeed painting in general, seems on the wane, Harrington produces paintings that validate the perpetual human act of visual denotation… recalling John Cage‘s musical compositions, [having] no beginning and no end, appearing like fragments of infinitude.” Harrington’s work continues to be featured internationally and is currently on view is a solo exhibition at the prestigious, Weserburg Museum of Contemporary Art in Bremen, Germany.


Gallery Talk by Edward Cella, Saturday June 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM