Frank Harmon, "Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See"
Frank Harmon, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See
Sunday, January 27, 3pm
Native Places is a collection of sixty-four watercolor sketches paired with essays about architecture, landscape, everyday objects, and nature. The sketches convey the delight found in ordinary places. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer fresh interpretations of what we might have taken for granted.
The goal of Native Places is, in fact, to transform the way we see. Through its pages, barns become a guidebook to crops and weather; a country church is redolent of the struggle for civil rights; a highway rest stop offers a glimpse of egalitarian society.
Native Places also promotes the belief that hand drawing is not an obsolete skill — that sketching offers us an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.
Frank Harmon, FAIA, has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. He discovered architecture as a child playing in the streams and woods of his native Greensboro, North Carolina. His work engages pressing contemporary issues such as placelessness, sustainability, and restoration of cities and nature. The buildings he designs are specific to their sites and use materials such as hurricane-felled cypress and rock from local quarries to connect them to their landscapes. Airy breezeways, outdoor living spaces, deep overhangs, and wide lawns embody the vernacular legacy of the South while maintaining a distinguished modernism. Frank is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London and a professor at the North Carolina State University College of Design. He has taught at the Architectural Association and has served as a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and Auburn University’s Rural Studio.