I’m No Monkey
Rachel Harrison’s distinctive practice both critically examines and openly plays with sculpture’s fundamental properties, conventions, subjects, and history. The title of I’m No Monkey refers to a 2005 campaign to eliminate books on evolution from public libraries. The sculpture includes seemingly incongruous yet associative elements: a plastic skull decorated with a wig and tiara, drinking straws stuck into one eye socket, sits on a wood pedestal. Alongside it, a concrete-encrusted form that bears resemblance to a toppling stack of books is balanced by a bulbous protrusion formed by another skull. The integration of these disparate parts does not unify or comfortably connect them; rather, it emphasizes their collision and confrontation as dislocated cultural objects.
Rachel Harrison (b. 1966, New York; lives and works in New York)
I’m No Monkey, 2005
Wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, encaustic, plastic skulls, wig, and tiara
85 x 35 x 26 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Purchased with funds provided by Carol and David Appel