Americas

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Hole #1

In Hole #1 a zebra scull stands in as a representation of Africa, while the plexiglass box and the hole made through it represent the inaccessibility of that culture to African-Americans.

Detroit’s Matthew Angelo Harrison works at the intersection of sculpture and technology, building his own 3D printers (which rise to the status of sculpture), and using these creations to formulate others. This fusion makes sense when you look at his biography: born in Detroit and trained in sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, Harrison also works, by day, at the Ford Motor Company, creating prototypes for the cars of the future. In his artistic practice, Harrison is interested in mining available—often commercialized—forms of African culture, looking at these artifacts from the point of view of an urban African American in the twenty-first century.