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Rachel Harrison

American, born 1966

Image courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Rachel Harrison.

Vampire Wannabes, 2010

Wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, safety vest, and Airport Extreme
99 x 35 x 32 inches (251.5 x 88.9 x 81.3 cm)
Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund and Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2011

The practice of New York–based artist Rachel Harrison involves an agglomeration of materials and influences, meshing the formal methods of messy, un-monumental sculpture made with found and everyday materials, with the absurd, humorous critique prevalent in contemporary art. Vampire Wannabes, 2010, is a large-scale, mixed-media, semi-figurative sculpture that epitomizes Harrison’s oeuvre. Exhibited in her first solo exhibition—Asdfjkl;—at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, in 2010, this sculpture takes its title from a poem by Pulitzer Prize–winning American poet Rae Armantrout, and reflects Harrison’s characteristically non-traditional materials (including wood, polystyrene, and a safety vest) and colorful Pop sensibility.