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Rachel Harrison

Sometimes profound and sly, other times obvious and crude, Harrison’s humor is the glue that

In her 2007 work Trees for the Forest, Harrison confronts the viewer with an assortment

of brightly painted pedestals, all of varying heights and widths, assembled as a small forest of

rectangular trees. Paintings of different subjects in varying styles are hung on the pedestals

at eye level. Closer inspection reveals that the paintings are not by Harrison, but by many

different artists. The paintings were collected-“salvaged” might be a more accurate word-by

Harrison during trips to thrift stores over the years, and are then presented in the makeshift

gallery constructed from the pedestals, which were found in storage at Harrison’s own gallery.