May 172010

Welcome to the Amaranthine Museum, an exploration of the labyrinthine exhibit of the late artist Les Harris.

In 1977 Les Harris set out to explore the world within the confines of six rooms in a fallout shelter in Baltimore, MD.  His exploration was painted luxuriously over 300 canvases and sculptures in 10 years.

During the following ten years the collection grew into an awesome installation, clearly united by contemporary consciousness. His paintings grew over into their meticulously sculpted frames and beyond, demanding new corresponding walls. His floors became mere corridors, disguised by mirrors, cloth, wires, grids and tinsel, and together defrayed clear understanding.

While the old building now proudly stands renovated as the corner-stone of the new Clipper Park, Harris moved his full body of work to a new space.  He created a whole new installation without obfuscation, as an attempt to uplift and free the work of gravity.

Les Harris began somewhere in the middle of time … painting Gothic Cathedrals. Architectural genius turned to Egyptian wonder as he explored the ancient mysteries with his pen and brush and translated them into contemporary consciousness peering through the eyes of artists through the centuries. Time and space were irrelevant and non-local.

The labyrinth begins with the omega of mind, contemporary ideas and we wind our way back to the alpha and its majestic beginning.  The Labyrinth is now open on Sundays from 12-3 and by appointments.  Call for more info:  410/523-2574.