American Gothic, 2015 (detail) | Photograph: Brian Forrest, Courtesy the Artist; Greene Naftali, New York; and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Designed to facilitate a variety of business interactions, the basic conference room is by nature a space of latent potential. Though still in use today, conference rooms contain an aspect of outdated futurism, very much like a dry-erase board. Their promised flexibility seems to lag behind a world of commerce that happens virtually and without discussion. Nonetheless, these table-centric spaces persist, raising the question: how might these seemingly arcane architectures be repurposed? a ping- pong tournament? after-hours karaoke parties?
Rachel Harrison uses a range of “materials,” from store- bought objects to social mores, as fodder for formal humour and cultural commentary. Her latest exhibitions have included sculptures donning selfie sticks, parachute chords anchored to gallery walls that act as framing devices, and drawings that pair Amy Winehouse with art- historical figures. Abstract and painted forms, posed with readymade accoutrements, recur throughout her work, which ranges from sculpture to photography, drawing to video.
Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler is situated on the 4th foor of an office block building in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. For her first solo exhibition at the gallery, Harrison will make new work for the gallery space and an adjacent, fully equipped conference room used by other businesses in the building.