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From "Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Becks", 2003, mixed media, installation view at Arndt-Partner
Rachel Harrison: “Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Becks”

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 and is represented by Greene Naftali Gallery.

Rachel Harrison

1966 born in New York, United States

Lives and works in New York, United States


1989 B.A. in Fine Art, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Solo Exhibitions

Portikus, Frankfurt/M. (upcoming).
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (upcoming).

Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien (upcoming).
"Plug In #44: Lily van der Stokker and Rachel Harrison", Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (upcoming).
"Lay of the Land", Le Consortium, Dijon (upcoming).

"Voyage Of The Beagle", Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg.
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.
"If I Did It", 2007, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

"Checking the Tires, Not To Mention The Marble Nude",
Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln.
"When Hangover becomes Form", with Scott Lyall, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; LACE, Los Angeles.
"Sometimes it Snows in April", with Michael Krebber, The McCallister Institute, New York.

"Car Stereo Parkway", Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.

"New Work", San Francisco MoMA, San Francisco.
"Posh Floored as Ali G Tackles Beck", Camden Art Center, London.
"Excuse Me?", Arndt + Partner, Berlin.
"Lakta/Latkas", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

Bergen Kunsthalle, Gallery No. 5, Norway.

"Currents 30: Rachel Harrison", Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee (catalogue).
"Seven Sculptures", Arndt & Partner, Berlin., Art 33 Basel, Statements, Basel Art Fair.
"Brides and Bases", Oakville Gallery, Toronto (catalogue).

"Perth Amboy", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

"Patent Pending: Beveled Rasp Sac", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

"The Look of Dress-Separates", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

"Should home windows or shutters be required to withstand a direct hit from an eight-foot-long two-by-four shot from a cannon at 34 miles an hour, without creating a hole big enough to let through a three-inch sphere?", Arena Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

Group Exhibitions

"N´importe Quoi/Everything", Musée d´Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon (upcoming).

"Paul Thek. Werkschau im Kontext zeitgenössischer Kunst",
Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg-Harburg, ZKM Karlsruhe.
Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art.
"The Hamsterwheel", Malmö Konsthall, Malmö.
"Second Thoughts", CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA.

"Unmonumental", New Museum, New York.
"Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now", MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
"Exhibitionism", CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA.

"Fit to Print", Gagosian Gallery Madison, New York.
"POP ART is…", Gagosian Gallery Madison, London.
"Form Follows...Risk", Futura, Centre for Contemporary Art, Prag.
"For The People Of Paris", Sutton Lane, Paris.

"Shiny", Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA. (mit Jeff Koons, Jim Hodges, Louis Lawler etc.)
"Daisychain", Mot, London.
"Mice and Men", The 4th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for
Contemporary Art, Berlin, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick (catalogue).
"When Hangover Becomes Form", The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; LACE, Los Angeles.
"Motore Immobile", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Dark", Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, curated by Jan Grosfeld and Rein Wolfs (catalogue).
"Ridykeulous", Participant Inc, New York.
"Survivor", Bortolami Dayan, New York, curated by David Rimanelli, MOT Gallery, London.

"Glasgow International", Glasgow.
"Carnegie International", Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg (catalogue).
"Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York", SculptureCenter, Long Island City (catalogue).
"When Humor Becomes Painful", Migros Museum, Zurich (catalogue).
"Fünfmalskuptur", Westfalischer Kunsteverein, Muenster.
"Ordering the Ordinary", Timothy Taylor Gallery, London curated by David Thorp.
Galeria Obadia, Paris.
"The Jeweleigha Set", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Drunk Vs. Stoned 2", Gavin Brown´s Enterprise, New York.

Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario.
"Last One On is a Soft Jimmy", curated by Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
"Hysterical", curated Michele Maccarone, Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf.
"Slouching Towards Bethlehem", The Project, New York.
"Patterson Beckwith: Home", American Fine Arts, New York.
"American Idyll", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Collage", Bloomberg SPACE, London .
"Open House: Working in Brooklyn", The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.
"Drunk vs. Stoned", Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York.

"The Structure of Survival", curated by Carlos Basulado , Venice Biennale (catalogue).
"Rachel Harrison, Hirsch Perlman, Dieter Roth, Jack Smith,
and Rebecca Warren", Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
"Brighton Photo Biennial", Brighton, England, curated by Jeremy Millar.
"Teenage Rebel - The Bedroom Show", curated by Scott Hug, John Connelly Presents, New York.

"Whitney Biennial", Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York, (catalogue).
"Stories", Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
Building Structures", P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York.
"Pictures", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Youngstars*", Krinzinger Projekte, Wien, Germany.

"Of the Wall", Gallery 400 University of Illinois, Chicago, curated by Greg Sandoval & Sam Gordon.
"Spiritual America", Audiello Fine Art, Inc, New York.
"Group Show (Spring 2001)", The Fifth International, organized by Michele Maccarone & Chivas Clem.

"Full Serve: Celebrating Ten Years of Shows", Kenny Schachter/Rove, New York.
"The Armchair Project", Cinch, London, curated by Clarke & McDevitt.
"Superpredators", C.R.P., Brooklyn, curated by Jose Freire.
"Dusk", I-20 Gallery, New York, curated by David Hunt.
"New York Projects", Delfina Project Space, London, England, curated by Luke Dowd.
"Walker Evans & Company", Museum of Modern Art, New York; traveled to J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (catalogue).
"Rapture", curated by Janet Phelps, New York.
"Trailer", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Photography about Photography", Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, curated by Liz Deschenes.
"Greater New York: New Art in New York Now", P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Alana Heiss, and Carolyn Christov-Bakargieve (catalogue).
"Photasm", Arts Strium Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, New York; Hunter College, curated by Peter Dudek.

"DOPE. An XXX-Mas Show", American Fine Arts, Co., New York.
"I’m Not Here: Constructing Identity at the Turn of the Century", Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
"Sleeping Waters", Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France.
"Still Life", State University of New York College at Old Westbury, curated by Helen Molesworth.
"GIRLSCHOOL", Brenau University Galleries, Gainesville, Georgia.
"What Big Is", Geoffrey Young Gallery, Barrington, MA.
"New York Neither/Nor", Grand Arts, Kansas City, Missouri, curated by Bill Arning.
"monochrome", Patrick Callery Gallery, New York.

"Free Coke", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Answer yes, no, or don’t know; Part II: Layers",Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, curated by Ricci Albenda.
"Hypervision", Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, Tuscon, AZ, curated by Caitlin Masley.

"New Photography 14", Museum of Modern Art, New York.
"Summer Group Show", Turner & Runyon, Dallas.
"Installations/Projects", P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center,Long Island City, New York.
"Super Freaks: Post Pop & The New Generation; Part I: Trash", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Lo-Fi Baroque", Thread Waxing Space, New York.
"Science", Feature Inc., New York.

"Funny Pictures", Ten in One Gallery, Chicago.
"The New God", Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
"24 Seven", Galerie Klaus Peter Goebel, Stuttgart
"Paper Trail", Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, New York, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ.
"Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn", Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York.
"Summer of Love", Futouhi Cramer Gallery, New York.
"Prosthetic Garden", Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York.
"The Experimenters", Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York.
"Normotic", curated by David Humphrey, 1 Great Jones, New York.
"Anne Chu, Rachel Harrison, Donald Moffett, Jasmin Sian, Marc Foxx", Los Angeles.

"Rachel Harrison and Michael Lazarus", Feature Inc., New York.
"Space, Mind, Place", Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, curated by John Connelly and Michelle Reyes.
"Shit", Baron Boisante Gallery, New York.
"Summer Exhibition", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
"Sex, Drugs And Explosives", New London Arts Forms, London.
"Sculpture Incorporating Photography", Feature Inc., New York.
"Post Hoc", Stark Gallery, New York.
"Facing The Millenium: The Song Remains The Same",Arlington Museum, Arlington, TX.

"Summer Exhibition", Paolo Baldacci Gallery, New York.
"Looky Loo", Sculpture Center, New York.
"Dark Room", Stark Gallery, New York.

"Tight", Tannery Gallery, London, England; traveled to Liverpool, England.
"Dirty", John Good Gallery, New York
Galerie Elizabeth Valleix, Paris, France.

"Pre-Existing Condition", The Puffin Room, New York.

"Poverty Pop: The Aesthetics of Necessity", Exit Art, New York.
"Resurrections", The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut at Storrs.
"1920: The Subtlety of Subversion, The Continuity of Intervention", Exit Art, New York.

"Simply Made in America", Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; traveled to: Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Butler Institute of American Art in Youngston, Palm Beach Community College of Art, and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington.
"Morality Café", Postmasters Gallery, New York.
"Lesbian Museum", Franklin Furnace, New York.

"Unlearning", 142 Greene St, New York, curated by Kenny Schachter.
"Open Bar", Flamingo East, New York.
"The Neurotic Art Show", Four Walls Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.


Rachel Harrison

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