Rachel Harrison, Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Becks, 2003, white component: 80x47x47 cm, black component: 53x82x65 cm, wood, stucco and acr
Rachel Harrison's works comprise a variety of media, styles and references. Described once by a critic as "what-the-hell is-that? sculpture", her celebrity photos, found pictures, and supermarket consumer goods are set off by handmade, rough-hewn forms. But despite Harrison's unusual combinations, the work is always very specific. By using simplicity and directness as a reductive strategy, Harrison manages to suggest a phenomenological experience. Building upon a clear foundation of formal intent, she uses colour and mass to give life to her ideas.
Mostly her works are grouped as installations and are finely tuned with each other and the exhibition space. In this show "Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Becks" a number of rather small, coloured sculptures are installed around the gallery floor. Some are "accessorized" with air-freshener or soft drink cans and their lumpy extremities reach out into all possible directions.
The arrangement suggests that the sculptures relate to each other almost as creatures circulating the gallery, thereby initially connecting the diverging elements in a simple narrative.
Opposed is a large-scale video projection of a Dalmatian dog, chewing a bone to pop music. Shot from the floor, perhaps as if from the sculptures' vantage point, the video serves to connect the real and virtual space in the gallery. The sculptures look as if the dog might have just abandoned them in their half-finished state and had now moved on, distracted in its consumption. Alternately the sculptures stand as viewers transfixed by the dog's desire. In a second video a rotating jewelry machine endlessly spins, resonating with the movement implied by the sculptures while dispensing false glamour.
Even the title, "Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Becks," derived from an internet search for the word "floored," exemplifies the way in which Harrison plays with references, making them at once deep and banal, temporary and unique.
Rachel Harrison was born in New York in 1966. Her work has shown widely in North America and Europe. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Camden Arts Centre in London (2004), Milwaukee Art Museum (2002) and Bergen Kunsthall in Norway (2003). She participated in the Whitney Biennial (2002) and "The Structure of Survival" at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Recent group shows include "Telling Stories" at Haus der Kunst, Munich (2002) and "Building Structures" at PS1, New York (2002). In October 2004 Harrison will show new work at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The artist lives and works in New York City
We are pleased to present her second solo exhibition at Arndt & Partner.