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Rowena Harris, ‘Being both on and within, as I said’ (2015) Exhibition view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Being both on and within, as I said’ (2015) Exhibition view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Plasters and bandages’, ‘Walking around in clockwise circles’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Plasters and bandages’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Plasters and bandages’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Walking around in clockwise circles’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Searching for a sense of balance (part 1)’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Searching for a sense of balance (part 1)’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Searching for a sense of balance (part 3)’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘I am the things in my pockets, but in much the same way I could be those things in yours’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘I am the things in my pockets, but in much the same way I could be those things in yours’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Residua, (1, 2, 3)’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Note to self - mine and yours perhaps’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘The fundamental ergonomics of body meets machine’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘The fundamental ergonomics of body meets machine’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Binary sever’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Being both on and with, as I said (#1, #2,#3,#4,#5)’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Being both on and with, as I said’ (2015) Exhibition view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
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Rowena Harris, ‘Being both on and with, as I said #1’ (2015) Install view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.

Rowena Harris, Being both on and within… (2015) exhibition photos

, 24 September 2015

There is a distinctly existential quality to Rowena Harris‘ new collection of sculptures at Rome’s Gallery Apart, and the exhibition’s title does nothing to dispel this notion. Being both on and within, as I said, running June 24 to September 30, is the result of Harris’ year-long artist residency as The Sainsbury Scholar is sculpture at The British School at Rome, “an accurate assessment of an experience defined as seminal by the artist herself”, who has spent the year developing her research on the relationship between sculpture, object and the human body.

Rowena Harris, ‘Being both on and within, as I said’ (2015) Exhibition view. Photo by Giorgio Benni. Courtesy the Gallery Apart, Rome.
Being both on and within, as I said (2015), exhibition view. Photo by Giorgio Benni, courtesy the Gallery Apart.

The titles of Harris’ pieces confront the viewer verbally while the sculptures confront the viewer visually. In ‘Note to self – mine and yours perhaps’, two stone-like pieces slumped against one another in abstractly human positions view themselves in a mirror. In ‘Searching for a sense of balance’, a large metal frame is held in an upright position by a concrete block propping it up, and in ‘Plasters and bandages’, another frame is covered at one corner with a bandage-like piece, an injured object that you feel inexplicable pity for. In each of the pieces, the lifeless material objects are manipulated and positioned in ways that evoke humanity —the sadness, the confusion, the despair of people who are trying to live their lives but are just not sure quite how.  **

Exhibition photos, top right.

Being both on and within, as I said was on at Rome’s Gallery Apart, running June 24 to September 30, 2015.

Header image: Being both on and within, as I said (2015), exhibition view. Photo by Giorgio Benni, courtesy the Gallery Apart.