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Scott Harbison – Solo Art Exhibit – ‘Just Disintegrate’

February 7 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Scott Harbison

Scott Harbison – Solo Art Exhibit – ‘Just Disintegrate’

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) – End of Elm + Art Gallery presents ‘Just Disintegrate’, by Scott Harbison from February 7th to April 3rd, 2023. This is a collection of neoexpressionist paintings featuring alien beings in a universe of Harbison’s imagination. The artists opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Harbison is a self-taught, Newark-based painter who describes himself as an outsider artist. He creates large-scale works on canvas depicting cartoonish, otherworldly beings who encounter each other with curiosity, hope, shame and suspicion.

“My notion is that all life forms from all galaxies would eventually co-exist. I’ve always had this funny idea that we would all intermingle, and these other weird species would evolve,’’ says Harbison. “In a sense, I am leaving behind hieroglyphics, useless to anyone unless they are interested in my version of a not-too-distant reality.’’

His creations evoke cartoons from the 1950s and 1960s, although the paintings don’t reference any specific style or artist. Many of his creatures have arrived to surveil different species after humans have become extinct; others are trying to form connections, said Harbison. He hopes viewers will create their own scenarios.

“There’s no consistent storyline,” he says.

Harbison began painting four years ago during recovery from a long-term addiction to drugs and alcohol. “This painting thing came out of left field,’’ Harbison says.

Collectors soon took an interest in his work, which is rendered on canvas or wooden board with acrylic and oil stick. In 2021, Akwaaba Gallery, Newark became the first gallery to show his paintings in the group exhibition “Aura.” Since, Harbison has had a solo exhibition at the Barsky Gallery in Hoboken and shown work at the Ivy Brown Gallery in New York. He also completed an ESKFF residency at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City.

Harbison grew up in Morris County, New Jersey – raised in Roxbury. As a teen, he became part of New York City’s punk rock scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His band, Fast Car, played legendary clubs such as CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City. For many years, he supported himself and his family as a plasterer and painter.

Since beginning his career as an artist, Harbison has finished more than 250 paintings – most of them on a monumental scale. Harbison says his do-it-yourself attitude and esthetic are left over from his punk rock days and hopes others will feel inspired to create art no matter their age, experience, or level of education.

“If I want anyone to take anything from my art it’s that, not only can things come seemingly out of nowhere, but you can do this on your own. I want to bring the message to all the misfits and the people who can’t afford art school that it doesn’t matter that much. Don’t worry,’’ he says.

End of Elm + Art Gallery, is located at 140 Morris Street, Morristown, New Jersey. The art gallery was established in 2018, under the curatorship of Christina Lewis. Recently Laurie Pettine has taken on the role of guest curator. The formula is simple: craft cocktails, tailored plates, and a welcoming atmosphere to create lasting memories. The addition of cutting-edge visual art exhibits and live music adds to the unique End of Elm experience.

Get off the beaten path and discover End of Elm, serving up innovative cocktails and shareable plates in a stylish, warm environment. Tucked away by the Morristown Train Station, End of Elm is Morristown’s hidden gem. To learn more, visit www.endofelm.com

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End of Elm
140 Morris Street
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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