The art of Tr3 looks as if it were made by a handful of people, but aside from a few collaborative projects, artist Mark Harris (Tr3) creates all of his own works. His consistent painting production might be called an addiction, as is the theme of the opening reception at the Peacock Room.
“He’s been doing it as long as I’ve known him,” Chris Tobar, friend and fellow artist, said.
Harris’s cityscapes, laden with his own brand of half-hieroglyphic curly-cue symbols, are genuinely intriguing.
“It’s a combination of how people talk in different languages,” Harris said. He pointed to his painting, titled “Urbanz Eola,” and highlighted a few figures that stand out to him.
The word “play” and the numbers signifying the date he finished the painting can be lifted from the mass of what appears to be a layer of script, serving as the texture of the silhouetted buildings in focus against a hazy sunset in Orlando.
“This incorporates negative space so well and it really makes you feel good when you look at it,” Brad Biggs, who helped build all the works of art, said.
Across the room, in the foyer in front of the double doors leading to the room where bands often play at Peacock, a few untitled works of art lay on a small side table. A painting depicting a score of sedimentary rock sits to the left and a smaller one, possibly featuring multiple perspectives of one’s own personality, is on the right. Both of these are completely different, almost seeming to have originated from other artists.
You are a different person with each painting you create, Harris said. “We are everything and we are nothing. That’s what it boils down to.”
His painting titled, “Discovery,” hangs on the wall near a tile and etchings composite that looks like a scene from Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away.” He said it took about two months to finish it and he worked with Justin Barrows the whole time.
“That’s why I like to collaborate, to learn and change and find myself when I lose myself,” Harris said.
Harris and Tobar are both contributing B-side artists who have wandered all the way from Downtown Orlando to the Mills/50 area to showcase their work. A small sample of graffiti created by a few B-side artists can be seen on the North wall of Pho 88. The Drunken Monkey, on Bumby Avenue, is also a frequent home to artistic expression by local B-side artists.
Chris Tobar will show his work at Redefine Gallery, Feb. 20, where his computer illustrations find a home in canvas made of authentic wood-grain and the ethereal, multi-perspective and otherwise loud lines of Tr3 will remain on the walls of the Peacock Room until March 7, where they are free for public view.