Chanel No. 82
Digital pigment print.
33 × 48.3 cm
Edition of 60 copies, signed and numbered by the artist, on the verso side
about this work
For the limited edition artwork Chanel No. 82, 2010 – produced especially for The Whitechapel Gallery – Rachel Harrison collapses several portraits into a single image. Through her practice of painting photographs, Harrison takes a medium designed in many ways for multiplicity and converts it into a unique work. With the edition this process is reversed, but equally acknowledged through the matching of both the reproduced paint and photograph with the color bar.
about Rachel Harrison
Rachel Harrison is an American visual artist who is primarily known for her assemblage work and sculpture, sometimes layering abstract forms with industrially manufactured elements. She combines a wide range of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation and architectural interventions, thus creating kaleidoscopic fields of visual sensation and cultural references.
Grotesque and funny, Harrison’s humor derives from its carefully structured, yet open-ended suggestion, each element building up to a plausible punch line. Using visual language as a subversive tool, Harrison parodies expected comparison to artists such as Franz West and Paul McCarthy, appropriating styles and motifs with subtle knowingness, wielding artistic process as a mode of investigation.