Nicholas Harper: Masquerade

The Rogue Buddha is classing it up this Friday for a decadent masquerade ball featuring new work by Nicholas Harper and music by Danny Sigelman. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their most extravagant costumes and masks for a candlelit evening. Harper says he'll be showing between 10 to 15 new pieces, plus a few older ones. The artist is known for his paintings of long-necked women, often with detached arms and legs, which he says expresses his own personal symbolism: The heads represent divinity, while the hands represent worldliness. The long necks of the women indicate the tension between the two halves of human beings, while at the same time showing the beauty that we have as a whole. Other pieces show faces popping out of a dark background, or portraits of people with their eyes darkened. "Eyes are the window to the soul," says Harper. "If there are no eyes in the painting, what does that do to an individual?" Likewise, the masquerade theme speaks to the idea of failed identity, asking attendees to question who they really are as people. The opening reception is from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, October 29.
Oct. 29-Nov. 27, 2010

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