Harlan Mack, Bearsuit, 2016

Steel, reclaimed bicycle parts

Artist Statement:
“Bearsuit” is an addition to my ongoing narrative world building project. It is based on a particular long term series of drawings of a person wearing a bear suit and carrying a briefcase while performing advertisement stunts. The evolution into a bear with a briefcase really is more of a distillation to better showcase a character that expresses a complexity of humor and potential dangers. It is very likely that the “Bearsuit” will continue to evolve as it merges with other narrative elements into my work.

Artist Bio:
Harlan Mack is a Vermont born multidisciplinary artist currently based at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. He employs blacksmithing, steel fabrication, painting, and oral storytelling to build an expanding, constellated narrative that invites viewers and listeners into an imaginary future. This world is generated and inspired by Harlan’s life experience, exploration and thoughts around identity, labor, perception, contemplation, fiction, community, and emergence.