Artist Profiles

Station XII - Cannot Cry - 2007
mixed media assemblage
15 x 16 x 6.5 inches (38 x 41 x 16 cm)

James Florschutz - James Florschutz carves, stacks, welds, ties, bends and otherwise manipulates wood, slate, rubber and other natural elements into forms that pulse with a primal organic tension and heady intellectual energy.  From evocative cross-sections of societal strata and modernist steel steles filled with slate to clusters of thin maple  sticks  suspended  gracefully on a wall and majestic, room-size installations constructed entirely of surveyors stakes, his work is enigmatic, meditative and ardent.

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World Cup (The Surge) - 6/2006 - 4/2007
oil on acrylic on linen
72 x 144 inches (183 x 366 cm)

Kes Zapkus - Big Paintings 1975 – 2007  This group of five large-scale works from 1975 to 2007 underscores Zapkus’ constancy with his specific concept of abstraction. Its premise is to convey a constructed multiplicity of visual occurrences, to imply cerebral processing and to correlate the experience of simultaneously real, synthetic, and emotional existence. Articulated fields of pulsations, themes, and changing inflections (as in a musical composition) are splayed out as the fact of the paintings. The paintings are oil with underlying acrylic or serigraphic techniques on canvas.

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Passing Storm/Hico, TX - 2007
acrylic on illustration board
10 x 15 inches (25 x 38 cm)

Rod Penner - Rod Penner's hyperrealistic paintings depict streets and single-family homes in small Texas towns. The works are objective, keenly observed and are as much photojournalism as they are photorealism. The images evoke contrasting responses of melancholy and warmth, desolation and serenity - everything that is small-town America.

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Twenty-first century Manhattan - 2005
archival C print 16 x 24 inches (41 x 61 cm)

Ken Nadle - Ken Nadle’s photographs employ precise composition and juxtaposition to capture the irony, humor and ephemeral beauty of New York City streets.  Reality is documented without artifice or premeditation… spontaneous moments are caught un-staged and at the peak of action.

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Jona's Pajamas - 2008
mixed media on wood panel
16 x 24 inches (41 x 61 cm)

Ellen Stavitsky - Ellen Stavitsky’s mixed media panels evoke the fleeting quality of the mind. The muted lines and elegant shapes suggest ephemeral images that dart through the brain. The carefully balanced compositions impose a sense of order on the otherwise random nature of thought.  Each piece is a repository of meaning and the residue of memories and sensations.


Since its inception in 1969 O.K. Harris has received many hundreds of letters and photos of paintings and sculpture from artists seeking representation. The letters selected for this exhibition are those with noteworthy declarations of the artists' convictions and aspirations. Many of the submittals are from foreign nationals whose verbiage is replete with remarkably inventive words and phrases. We feel that the distinctive content of these letters should be shared with our esteemed audience.

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