On view virtually as well as on-site at Greene Naftali, recent works on paper by Rachel Harrison depict antiquity-inspired subject matter through composites of photographic and hand-drawn elements. The finished products display pencil and crayon doodles overlaid on pictures of scrawled-upon notebook paper— in short, compiling some variation of “drawings on photographs of drawings of photographs of sculpture,” as writer Anne Doran puts it in an interview with Harrison that accompanies the exhibition.
But Harrison, who has dubbed this new series “The Classics," emphasizes that the drawings are rife with allusions to classical sculpture—a theme echoed within her wider body of work.
Rachel Harrison, The Classics, 2019. Colored pencil, India ink, and wax crayon on pigmented inkjet print paper, 22 x 17 inches.