• Dana Harper, Untitled, 2011, collage, 6 x 9".

    Dana Harper

    Hiram Butler Gallery

    Artist Dana Harper is a preservationist at heart. Here in Texas, he is probably best known as the proprietor of Sengelmann Hall, an 1890s dance hall, saloon, and Biergarten in Schulenburg, Texas, that was shuttered for decades before Harper restored it in 2009. While the connection between a Texas dance hall and this artist’s recent body of collages may not be immediately apparent, both are the product of a similar compulsion: to save something on the brink of obsolescence.

    The collages, crafted out of black-and-white images excised from old magazines, tread a delicate line between inventiveness

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