Jerry Harris is a sculptor, writer/social critic, and visual artist. He studied sculpture under professor James Lee Hansen, a widely known Pacific Northwest sculptor who taught at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Harris was later accepted into the international sculptor’s program at St. Martins School of Art, London, England, and did special studies in bronze casting, under Henry Abercrombie, at the Central School of Art and Design, London. His teachers at St. Martins were the international sculptors, Sir Anthony Caro and Philip King. He spent time in the studio of the English sculptor Keneith Armitage. He is represented by the if (international fine arts) gallery, Columbia, South Carolina, and is a member of ARS, Artists Rights Society, New York, New York.
Harris has written for Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s national newspaper, Sweden Now magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Pittsburgh City Paper, International Herald Tribune, Paris, France, Register Guard, Eugene, Oregon, Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine, and was contributing writer for Eugene Weekly, Eugene, Oregon.
Harris moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where he was elected into the Swedish Sculptors Association. He lived in Sweden for 20 years, returning to the United States in 1998. He is a pass member of the Associated Artists Of Pittsburgh, Pa., the nation’s second oldest artist’s association. He now lives in Chico, California, and works in San Francisco. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.
George DeFreeze Murphy, Stockholm/New York
Dear new readers, fellow artists, curators, galleries, and all people who are interested in contemporary African American, Latino, and Asian art. BAWA, short for Black American World Art, will soon be bringing to these pages, news from the African American, and “Third World” art scene. And what news it will be! In the past 25 years “colored people” in the visual arts have exploded on the international art landscape. We have Martin Puryear, Richard Hunt, Kara Walker, Willie Cole, Thad Mosely, Howard McCalebb, Lorna Simpson, Phoenix Savage, and yours truly. There are many more, as you will experience in the coming issues.
BAWA will be presenting this eclectic group of artists from across the United States, and the world, and it will not be limited to stuffy old New York City. This will definitely be a multi cultural (Whites too) art magazine, but the emphasis will be on black, brown, and yellow artists. Work, words, music, and people will have exciting things to say. Controversies welcomed. And you dear audience, please feel free to throw in your three cents too. BAWA BAWA. (Below, Jerry Harris with sculpture Dogon Mother and Child) harrisculptor.com
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4. Scroll for more contemporary artists Picture: Sculptor Jerry Harris
NEW ARTISTS ON THE BLOCK
Here we will be presenting new artists on the block. Some of them are not so new for people in the art world, but that world is so small, and needs to be opened up to larger audiences.
Willie Cole is new to me. I have lived 20 years in the frozen world of Sweden, and now, home again, I am discovering the warmth, humor, and creativity of artists like Mr. Cole. Expatriation is good, but one day one must come home.
Willie Cole’s Speedster tji wara, 2002(L)
Harold Hoy is a respected Pacific Northwest sculptor, based in Eugene, Oregon. He is a Chinese American who taught sculpture at Lane Community College for many years. His works have centered on complex relationships between mankind, and the natural world. Hoy’s current body of work is constructed of galvanized steel and pipe hanger material, and is based partly on an erector set. He uses the child’s toy as a platform to work around larger issues of man’s predilections for claiming ownership of the natural world, and our desire to manipulate and re-form it.
Harold Hoy, Balloon Dog (below)