Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Art History

Project Advisor 1

Noah Chasin

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Rachel Harrison and Mike Kelley insert their work into the gallery space, which in turn becomes a stage to exhibit the theatrical performance of inert objects. When looking at Rachel Harrison’s sculptures from If I Did It and her series of 57 ink jet photographs from Voyage of the Beagle alongside Mike Kelley’s sculpture and photographs from Framed and Frame, the viewer finds a correlation between both of the artists’ use of organic forms—ornamented with artificial color and objects. Harrison and Kelley’s work distorts what is considered natural through the infiltration of cultural debris. These artists create a new visual language where the divide between reality and fiction dissolve.

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