The entirety of his works in paint and sculpted metal are part of an ongoing history that aim to tell the story of another world.
The world in Mack's narrative is full of people and problems, themes and symbolism and animals.
In his non-linear fashion, he paints and sculpts pieces that represent each element.
On a recent visit to his workspace, I got to see the creative process behind his latest sculpture-in-progress.
He was creating a new piece from old bike parts for the UpCycle Art Bikes Competition from Catamount Arts and Kingdom Trails.
The finished work, titled 'Jasmine,' represents a bear carrying or leaning on a briefcase.
The sculpture was created from salvaged bike parts found in snowbanks and the river near Mack's studio. Several pieces were also from a local bike shop that were destined to be discarded.
As for which portion or symbol Jasmine plays in his narrative, Mack said, "It's sort of like, 'prodigal son returns,' but my prodigal son always returned with a suitcase or a briefcase. Eventually, they all tie back to each other and start to make sense in the narrative and then my understanding of the narrative informs my next work."
Mack chose to have his bear sculpture standing on the ground instead of up on a pedestal so if a viewer were to encounter it in a gallery, they might perceive it more as a real animal.
"It sort of activates the imagination of the viewer a little so that they can make up their own stories backwards like I do," Mack said.
See more of Harlan Mack's work here.
Several other local artists submitted their works of bike-part sculptures to The UpCycle Art Bikes Competition.
Winning art bikes will be displayed at Kingdom Trails in East Burke during the Northeast Mountain Bike Association Festival from Friday to Sunday, June 17 to 19 and remain on view through October 2016. Catamount Arts will award a $1,000 Juror’s Prize and other cash prizes.