The Bodies Are Back – Last Day!
April 15, 2010

Friday, April 16th, 2010, is the last day to see…

Margaret Harrison, Captain America 2, 1997, watercolor and graphite on paper

The Bodies Are Back, by Margaret Harrison at Intersection for the Arts.  Harrison, a British artist who helped pioneer feminist art, revisited early themes of her work, an exploration of the human body as an object of sexuality, consumption and gaze.  The back story of this show begins in 1971, the year of her first solo show.  The work was deemed too controversial and the show was shut down by the London police the day after it opened.  This uproar/setback caused Harrison to abandon this body of work.  This exhibition at Intersection of the Arts is a paring of the old work with new work revisiting the theme of her controversial first solo show.

Margaret Harrison, Take One Lemon, 1971, watecolor and graphite on paper

The exhibition was up to par with my expectations, and my expectations were high for this show.  My favorite pieces were the original pieces from her 1971 solo show, including but not limited to Take One Lemon, Mrs. Softie, and all three Good Enough to Eat drawings (highly sexualized/fetishized women as the meat in sandwiches).  What I like most about these pieces, aside from my drawing, watercolor and litho fetishes, is the explicit sexuality coupled with strong pop iconic imagery as a means to challenge her viewers perceptions of women, sexuality and advertising.

Margaret Harrison, Good Enough to Eat, 1971, watercolor, guache, and graphite on board

Though this post is a little late in the game, I urge you to make it to the final day of this exhibition if you are able to.

Margaret Harrison, Mrs. Softie, 1971, watercolor and graphite on paper