James Gabito’s works for “A Harlequin Harvest” move us closer to our agrarian beginnings as humans. It removes us emotionally from the angst of urban life, and encourages a respite, however brief, to a calmer and more basic level of human existence. Farm life thrives during all seasons of the year, and year after year, time seems to stand still. Its ambience leaves progress and modernity to the big cities, and recalls the beginnings of human civility.
Gabito’s art celebrates the dominion of mankind over nature. The scenes are peaceful, depicting local folks carrying ripe harvests, gardens and lawns with broad vistas, and fattened livestock. Man has developed and tamed the landscape – it yields the necessities we need to live, as well as beauty and safety.
“A Harlequin Harvest” is a depiction of one’s strong ties to the landscape. It’s an ode to the rolling hills, small town cross-roads, quaint farms and bucolic pastures, farming and rural stone roads characteristic of simple living. The exhibit represents James Gabito’s attempt to capture the quiet, pastoral sense of rural life.
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