An upcoming Drawing Center exhibition, Small., is on view July 11-August 24. This group show features a selection of international contemporary artists who adopt an intimate format to explore issues related to visual perception, personal and historical memory, and the power of the imagination.
Small. includes work by Claire Harvey. In Easily Removable People, 2006, Harvey depicts nameless individuals on small swatches of transparent tape; they are city dwellers on their way to work, stopping to talk to a friend, exchanging an embrace—people we encounter both everywhere and nowhere. Clustering numerous pieces of tape on the gallery wall, Harvey’s installation is a mural of the intimacy and anonymity of urban life and as such it echoes the experience of the viewers, who must physically approach the work to peer at tiny figures that remain ultimately unknowable and distant.
Images: Claire Harvey, Easily Removable People, 2006, Acrylic on easily-removable scotch tape, Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Fons Welters.