Michael Harnish
Recent Work
January 25 - February 8, 2020

The Newsstand Project
is proud to partner with the
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
American Friends in presenting
this exhibiti



Michael Harnish (born 1982, Los Angeles, CA) holds a B.A. from the Laguna College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include Effervescent, Merchant Gallery; Recent works on display, Departamento; Flower Polaroids, Salt Gallery, Multiples Multiples Multiples, Oof.



The Newsstand Project is pleased to present Recent Work by Michael Harnish. The show will open on January 25th and run until February 8th, by appointment only. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 25th, from 11am-1pm.

In his new body of work, Harnish cuts out and assembles photographs from contemporary and vintage fashion magazines and juxtaposes them alongside imagery from botanical books to generate relationships across seemingly distant pictorial genres. Hard, gestural cuts and tears often contrast with tonal gradations in the source material as well as Harnish’s deliberately haphazard compositional moves. Harnish also demonstrates a sensitivity to color and form through the use of muted pastel tones alongside passages of fluorescent, saturated color.

As a Los Angeles native, Harnish’s work exhibits what he calls a “California romanticism”—a specific conflation of semi-wild and photogenic landscapes interrupted by a plethora of large, loud street advertisements. Various flora are jutted against defined lines; torn edges recall tattered street posters.