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RACHEL HARRISON: SITTING IN A ROOM

Art | November 17, 2022 |

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Rachel Harrison: Sitting in a Room
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
September 30, 2022 – February 12, 2023

This fall, Astrup Fearnley Museet is hosting a major solo exhibition by the American artist Rachel Harrison. Spanning mediums that include sculpture, drawing, photography, and painting, Sitting in a Room has an emphasis on recent practice.

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Harrison‘s nimble, layered method of artmaking escapes easy categorization. Abstraction is shot through with vernacular reference to jarring, often comic effect, as formalist concerns are forced to vie with rogue elements from the outside world. Cultural tokens, the history of art, and space itself come in for new scrutiny, leveling hierarchies through a democratizing process of sifting and accumulation. Overrunning distinctions between sculpture and base, Harrison has often made packing crates or stray cardboard boxes the material of her constructions; co-opting the very modes of conveyance used to ship and store the commercial goods that populate her work.

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That alertness to art’s surrounding conditions is also evident in Harrison’s room-scaled approach to this exhibition, which takes its name from a 1969 work of sound art, I Am Sitting in a Room by Alvin Lucier. The five galleries allotted have each been conceived by the artist as distinct rooms-Sculpture Court, Town Square, Gym, Living Room, and Cabinet – and works are configured to place the viewer in contexts both intimate and public. Setting in its various guises is explored throughout the exhibition, which Harrison describes as neither a survey nor a retrospective, but rather an intuitive remapping of her latest work’s conceptual coordinates.

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