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The Armory Show

Booth F24

Javits Center, New York, NY

September 9 – 12, 2021

Carla Jay Harris, Zahari I, 2021

Carla Jay Harris
Zahari I, 2021
Photography, digital painting, and acrylic on paper
67 x 56 in.

Carla Jay Harris, The Ways of Gods, 2021

Carla Jay Harris
The Ways of Gods, 2020
Photography, digital painting, and acrylic on paper
44 x 65 in.

Carla Jay Harris, 2021

Carla Jay Harris
Of the Wind, 2021
Photography, digital painting, and acrylic on paper
44 x 57 in.

Carla Jay Harris, The Opening, 2021

Carla Jay Harris
The Opening, 2021
Photography, digital painting, and acrylic on paper
28 x 42 in.

Carla Jay Harris, Ascension, 2021

Carla Jay Harris
Ascension, 2021
Photography, digital painting, and acrylic on paper
32 x 45.25 in.

Carla Jay Harris, Two Lovers, 2021

Carla Jay Harris
Two Lovers, 2021
Photography, digital painting, and acrylic on paper
40 x 57 in.

Press Release

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce our participation in The Armory Show 2021 with a presentation of new works by Carla Jay Harris in the Focus section, Booth F24. The fair will be held at the Javitz Center in New York City from September 9 – 12, 2021. 

This year's Focus section features solo- and dual-artist presentations that address today’s most pressing issues. For 2021, curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis) will investigate the artist’s role in shaping the future and imagining realities beyond our current condition. future as spectrum examines how artists have used the challenges and monumental changes experienced in 2020 as a catalyst to explore future imaginations, communities, governments, economies, and environments.

In this new series of large-scale works on paper, Carla Jay Harris crafts an allegory of archetypal characters on an emotional journey through a surreal landscape. Narrative plays a fundamental role in these poetic works which explores human nature – specifically, themes of power, loss, death, and rebirth. Elements of classic storytelling, including monomyth, conflict, and resolution, are imbued throughout the sequence. By transporting the viewer into her unique perception, Harris aims to inspire them to ask their own questions about life, time, and mortality. 

Trained as a photographer and cinematographer, Harris' works are inspired by a desire to bring together her interests in image-making, space, and storytelling. Her work combines photography with diverse media and techniques. She photographs models in the studio according to the narrative that she is developing and builds images in layers through a digital collage process, incorporating her own original patterns, scenery, and textures, along with hand-painted embellishments.


Javits Center
429 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Invitation Only
Thursday, September 9

Friday, September 10
Saturday, September 11
Sunday, September 12

Carla Jay Harris received her MFA from UCLA in 2015, a Bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, and completed post-Baccalaureate studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Harris’ works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA; Museum of Fine Arts Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO; the Southern, Charleston, SC; Moorpark Gallery, Moorpark College, Ventura, CA; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; and Paris Photo, Grand Palais Ephemere, Paris, France, among other venues. 

Her works are included in the collections of USC Fischer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University, Orange, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Sherbrook, Quebec, Canada; Los Angeles County Public Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA; and numerous private collections. 

For further information, including images and previews, please call 213-395-0762, or email:

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