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Rachel Harrison, The Vendor (detail), 2015, wood, polystyrene, chicken wire, cement, acrylic, selfie sticks, 70 1/4 × 28 1/2 × 22".

Rachel Harrison

Regen Projects

Rachel Harrison, The Vendor (detail), 2015, wood, polystyrene, chicken wire, cement, acrylic, selfie sticks, 70 1/4 × 28 1/2 × 22".

To be a twenty-first-century subject is to engage in countless acts of self-representation. Although “Three Young Framers” included few actual depictions of people, presentation of the self provided the through line for Rachel Harrison’s latest LA solo show. The title is a play on August Sander’s 1914 photograph of three men on their way to a dance—young farmers who, one hundred years hence, armed with smartphones and selfie sticks, would have no need for someone like Sander to take their picture. Confronting visitors at the gallery entrance was Open Mic (all works 2015). This electric-blue, rough-hewn monolith, punctured in its middle by a selfie stick mounted with a nonfunctional display phone thrust aggressively toward the viewers, towered over the space like a cracked-out John McCracken. The sculpture’s exaggerated verticality and position atop a white plinth (most of

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