Research Summery into Rachel Harrison’s XLT Footbed

Research Summery into Rachel Harrison’s XLT Footbed

Here are a collection of sources I have looked at in relation to Rachel Harrison’s XLT Footbed, some of the links are stronger than others but all link in some way, weather it be due to for subject media or content.

‘Statues also Die’ – Chris Marker and Alain Resais

UntitledAbout perception of objects/artefact. Concept of a dead statue is explained as a statue, which has lost its original significance and become reduced to a museum object. The objects lose purpose and function by being elevated to museum status. Lost Identity.

‘Concretopia’ – John Grindrod


Links to Harrison with the ideas of stacking, and materiality of a structure. Harrison uses concrete in her work as a coating rather than a base like you would in buildings. Grindrod talks a bout this idealist world, mirrored in Harrison’s work with her use of this child like bright metallic colours. The book mentions the ‘concrete embodiment or Crap Towns’ linking to the aesthetic of Harrison’s constructed tower, it use of the everyday ‘rubbisy’ materials to create a much grander structure than the sum of its parts.

‘The Object’ – Anthony HudekUntitled3

Describes objects as ‘vectors for the dialogue across disciplines’, tools to illustrate. Discusses the readymades of Marcel Duchamp, and the transition of objects from inert masses to tools. What gives these objects functions? Examining the relationship of the objects to subjectivity, what they mean to the individual. The whole idea of one man’s junk can be another man’s treasure. Perceptions can be based on a variety of factors, location, surroundings, culture, experience, education etc. Perception is an individual concept.

Richard Wentworth – ‘Making Do and Getting By’Untitled4Wentworth’s work explores the idea of chance encounters and coincidences. He is interested in the juxtaposition of objects that do not belong together. His images depict readymade objects out of place, weather that be because of their location or the objects they are grouped with. This gives the objects their own narrative. The images are relatable, although the placement of the objects appears strange, if we where to see this grouping of objects outside of a gallery we would nine times out of ten not bat and eyelid. He uses familiar, generic objects making the images .


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