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Fear of Unknown Origin, 2012. Vitreous china, cobalt mason stain, glaze, dimensions variable.

I Tried, and I Tried, and I Tried, 2012. Giclee print on canvas, cotton embroidery floss, 162.6 x 137.2 cm.



David R. Harper
Entre le chien et le loup
February 6 - April 6, 2013

Organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kenderdine Art Gallery and Saint Mary's University Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 6, 5 - 9 pm
Artist's Talk at 7 pm
Free shuttle bus departs Hart House (7 Hart House Circle) at 6 pm, returning at 9:30 pm

A multi-layered expression, “entre chien et loup” is used to describe a specific time of day, just before night, when the light is so dim one cannot distinguish a dog from a wolf. It expresses an uncertain threshold between hope and fear, between the familiar and comfortable and the unknown and dangerous.

In this exhibition, David R. Harper is interested in the form and idea of memorials, those markers that formalize links between memory and present experience. Within his works – taxidermy-based sculptures and embroidered prints – he refers to certain periods, modes of craft, and embellishment that articulate peculiar links to an ‘ordered’ natural world. Speaking to the intersections of personal and universal mythologies, liminality and identity, Harper engages the viewer in a dialogue on the metaphoric weight that the objects present both historically and emotionally.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery’s presentation of Entre le chien et le loup marks the beginning of a four-venue exhibition tour, travelling across Canada through to 2015. A catalogue, to be co-published in late 2013 by the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kenderdine Art Gallery and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, will accompany the tour.


David R. Harper obtained a BFA at NSCAD, Halifax (2006) and an MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). His work has been featured in a number of solo exhibitions, including Skin and Bone (Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, 2010), Atlas (Art Gallery of Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, 2010) and The Last to Win (Stride Gallery, Calgary, 2009). Harper has also exhibited in group shows in Canada and the US, including Oh, Canada (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2012) and Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2012). His work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Harper is represented by MKG127, Toronto.

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