In the photo works and sculptures of Robert and Shana Parkeharrison’s Counterpoint there is a looming nostalgia that seduces as it leaves a melancholic sadness. The elegant surfaces of the photographs lure the viewer to come closer and wonder if they are brilliantly executed photorealistic paintings (they are not). The imagery is mysterious and narrative without resorting to a linear form of storytelling, instead working by nudges and implication. All this is charged by the placement throughout the gallery of surrealist objects such as beautifully crafted shoes that happen to be natural size but with thirty inch toes and small seedling trees sprouting from them. These are not shoes for a clown but for a pair of feet that have been detached from their nature, humanity, and Self.
Images: Shoes for Pan (2008); Migration (2007-08). Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery.