Sunday, February 21, 2010

Collaborative Art Project    February 21, 2010


Team effort

Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
Harrison Love, left, and Karen Krogseng, a Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts alumna, discuss the collaborative painting they are creating with three other artists on Saturday at the academy in Old Lyme. The art form was invented in the African country of Tunisia and David Black, an artist and Stonington resident, first witnessed the practice when he traveled there in November 2008. Black is sharing the collaborative painting technique with artists in America. He led Saturday's meeting that included three groups, each with five painters contributing to one piece. According to the rules of the process, one member of the group begins the painting and determines when it is complete. Black will paint in collaboration with six artists from Tunisia at the Art Students League in New York City on Nov. 1 and 16.
Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
Matthew Muturi, Rick Lacey, Eleanor Tamsky, and Sue Joffray, left to right, collaboratively paint a canvas on Sat. Feb. 20, 2010 at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme.

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Harrison M. Love was born, in Bedford New York, in 1985. Harrison began his art education at an early age under the tutelage of his family who have a long standing connection to the arts. In 1991 the Love family moved to Brussels Belgium, where Harrison began his formal studies in the arts, at the International School of Brussels (ISB). After returning to the U.S., Harrison continued his art education at the Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut, utilizing their large cast* collection for his early studies. Early work from Harrison's high-school portfolio was submitted to the 2004 Scholastic Art competition, where Harrison Love became the most awarded student artist in CT state Scholastic history that year, winning five gold keys for his portfolio as well as the honor of his major work, "A Changed World" (an illustrated accordion style book), being named "Best in Show." The book was later sent to the national gallery in washington where it was further awarded a silver metal. Harrison went on to advance his art education at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked at Brown University for three years on the Harkonnen Program, which was later featured on the Discovery Channel in a special about innovative media.  While attending RISD, Harrison worked extensively in advertising abroad, in Tokyo and in Shanghai. After graduating in 2008, Harrison Love surprised everyone and began a solo expedition to remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon jungle, to study the cultural heritage of tribes living in seclusion, specifically the Ashaninca, Waorani, and Shipibo tribes. The specific purpose of study was to research the remote tribal customs of the oldest surviving tribes in the Amazon,  living near uncontacted tribes close to the Brazilian border (these tribes made international news in 2008 on BBC, while Harrison had already begun his expedition.) In June of 2009, Harrison returned from the Amazon to his family home in Connecticut, where he began preparing his artwork and research for galleries throughout the east and west coasts.  Harrison Love is currently living in San Francisco, CA where he is working on larger more complicated partnerships in the arts.