My Mother’s Hands, My Father’s Heart is one of the largest and most diverse exhibits that Gordon has ever hosted, and the response from the local art community has been overwhelming. There was a record turnout at the opening reception on September 1st, as students, faculty and community supporters from around the North Shore filled the Gallery spaces to hear Harney speak about the work.
Harney suggests that the show is a series of reflections—real, imagined and dreamed—on the life and influence of his family and, in particular, his parents. “I chose the title… [as] an expression of my love, recollection and testimony to their inspiration—but another ‘reading’, and, admittedly, the one I've been preoccupied with for the past few years, is the realization that I indeed have my mother's arthritic hands and my father's heart condition,” said Harney.
Harney expresses these personal reflections in the nearly 75 paintings and collages that make up the show, created over a decade-long period of time. “These are collections of things: materials with their own history, materials with a history I've invested in them,” Harney writes in his artist statement. This material history is profoundly evident in Harney’s paintings and especially his abstract collages, created from papers and antique fibers collected throughout his career.
Gallery Director Bruce Herman is thrilled with the exhibit and the contribution Tim Harney has made to the contemporary art world. “As Gallery Director, it is a particular pleasure to host this talented, thoughtful local artist,” Herman said. “Full of color, compositional complexity and textural variety, Harney's work is expressive and powerful and reveals great depth of insight into the human condition."