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Title:Closing Reception for All Sol, an exhibit by Sol Harris of SBTT
Date:6/11/2021 (Friday)
Address:Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Dr SW
Location:Huntsville, AL
Hours:5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost/Cover:Free admission
Contact Info:205-951-3317
Details:Join us for our closing reception for "All Sol", a solo art exhibition featuring the Studio By The Tracks artist, Sol Harris.

Free admission.

This exhibition will be on view in the Third Floor East Gallery at Lowe Mill in Huntsville from April 28 – June 12, 2021. There will be a closing reception Friday, June 11 from 5-7pm.

About the Show:

Working primarily from his imagination, Sol painted from a personal vocabulary of places, structures, and objects. The majority of his work depicts landscapes populated by houses, trees, mountains, or rivers painted on recycled cardboard or paper. His lines are bold, his brushstrokes confident, his colors dense and unassuming.

Sol was extremely prolific, painting his favorite subjects over and over with slight variation. So while his images are universal in their simplicity, his body of work takes on an enigmatic tone when considered through the sheer volume he produced. His stacks of landscapes, houses, and trees in particular read like an endless road trip through a place that the audience knows intuitively but has never visited–scattered with river banks and windows that give nothing away but hold potential for anything. While other images that repeat in his work, such as crosses and a traditional pitcher shape floating against bright colors or landscapes, evoke a sense of religion or ceremony as might be found in the design of stained glass or the decoration of a sacred place.



Regardless of subject, Sol’s use of everyday and recycled materials gives his work a sense of immediacy, accessibility, and even comfort. These materials combined with the substantial use of paint and color add a tactile, textural weight to each piece. This has the effect of grounding a cryptic personal and artistic narrative characterized by an impassioned need to create, an imaginative and complex inner world, and the dream-like repetition of images both mysterious and recognizable.



About the Artist:

Sol Harris did not begin making artwork regularly until he started coming to Studio By The Tracks more than 10 years ago. From the outset, Harris had a confident hand and quickly developed a style characterized by saturated colors and robust linework. He preferred to pull his imagery from internal sources, almost exclusively drawing on his imagination and experiences. His landscapes, quite different from those of his native Birmingham, are most likely modeled on those encountered visiting family outside of the city.



After a serious illness, Harris moved into residential care. Finding his activities limited in his new home, he directed more and more energy toward making. It was during this time that new images, such as water pitchers, began to appear. This is also when recycled materials became a larger part of his work–his resourcefulness allowing him to become even more prolific.

While Harris was always ready to discuss his work, he never felt the need to interpret its content. His catalog of images–houses, huts, rivers, trees, mountains, rocks, and more–remains an undefined yet familiar vocabulary. Sadly, Sol Harris passed in the winter of 2020, leaving behind a rich, plentiful body of work full of open-ended stories and uncharted places.
Event is:One Day Only
Audience:All Welcome
Category:Exhibit
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