Founder and Director
@ the harts gallery
based in 20 Bank Street, New Milford, Connecticut 06776
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Born in Lima, Peru, Carmen’s nomadic life began a few months later, when her family moved to Switzerland, followed by Panama, Argentina, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, France, Belgium and the United...
This summer, the harts gallery in New Milford is exhibiting Strange Paradise, the work of legendary British photographer Martin Parr.
Parr first garnered attention in the mid-80s with his series and book, The Last Resort:Photographs of New Brighton, documenting leisure seekers at a seaside town in the United Kingdom. It is with the subject matter of these images, along with his use of saturated color, that Parr begins to lead the viewer down a road where seemingly meaningless everyday moments become a source of irony, absurdity, obsessive attention, grotesque detail and even magic. A critique also begins, one that Parr has continued to engage in throughout his career, regarding the elements of life we choose to employ in Western, globalized society, often without thought or question. Parr deftly flips the mirror and presents us with our own reflection, reminding us of the world we have created, with its fashion, food, places of entertainment and social structures, in a way that only he could, with equal parts fascination, humor, horror and skepticism.
Strange Paradise presents work from several of Parr’s series dating from the 1980s through today, including a number of images from The Last Resort. Though the photographs bridge multiple subjects and almost a quarter of a century of image-making,the theme of leisure emerges again and again, in the settings depicted, the attire worn and the food consumed. The images will remain as artifacts of this specific moment in the ever-changing human narrative. Photographer Tealia Ellis-Ritter is guest curator of the exhibition.
Headed by filmmakers, photographers and activists Carmen Elsa Lopez and Evan Abramson, the harts gallery is an artist-run space focused on building community and inspiring transformation through a robust amalgamation of contemporary art exhibitions, workshops and cultural programming. Finding inspiration in Joseph Beuys’ concept of Social Sculpture, the gallery functions as a gathering space where community can form around the common values of creativity, vision, sustainability and collaboration.
Our 5,000-square-foot street-level space showcases museum-quality works by local and international artists. We also provide innovative programming and community outreach initiatives. Programming includes workshops for children and adults, seminars, lectures by regional luminaries, live performances, film screenings, artist talks and guided tours of exhibitions in both Spanish and English.
In partnership with arts organizations and thought-leaders in the region, the harts gallery is aiming to establish an artist residency program that would attract emerging artists, exhibit their work, and connect them with highly regarded art collectors. Our space also offers a unique venue for community-driven collaborations and special events.
Please support the harts gallery. Your tax-deductible contribution enables the harts gallery to maintain and further develop its ground-breaking programming and reach out to a wider community.