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Framed Mixed Media Collage 'Warm Pleather' by Ilana Harris-Babou

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Framed original, one-of-a-kind mixed media collage work on paper by Contemporary Black artist Ilana Harris-Babou. Additional Information: This cheeky, colorful and contemporary mixed media collage is composed from images of seating Harris-Babou culled from interior design magazines and catalogues. The artist implements gouache paint, graphite pencil and bright pigments to create these bold statement pieces. This piece is one of a series of five unique works that can be sold in a group, and each is matted and framed in a white wood frame. In the artist's own words, "I'm interested in the traces our bodies leave behind. Recently, I was sitting on a subway seat when I felt the distinct sensation of heat left by the person who was sitting there before me. The feeling was both unnerving and intimate. In the collages... I combined imagery from high-end design catalogues with pictures I found online. When I typed phrases like "butt imprint chair" or "leather seat butt trace" into Google, I found a wide array of interesting results. There were fetish communities, furniture repair blogs, Q & A message boards, among others. I'm like how the "failure" of these seat cushions to maintain their form under our weight makes them relatable, repellant, and seductive all at once." Artist Information: Ilana Harris-Babou’s work is interdisciplinary; spanning collage, sculpture, installation, and video. She speaks the aspirational language of consumer culture and uses humor as a means to digest painful realities. Her work confronts the contradictions of the American Dream: the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom. She has exhibited throughout the US and Europe, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of Arts & Design, The High Line, Larrie, and HESSE FLATOW in New York. Other venues include The Istanbul Design Biennial, SculptureCenter, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the De Young Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.She has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Artforum, and Art in America, among others. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University, and a BA in Art from Yale University.
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    Height: 21 in (53.34 cm)Width: 17 in (43.18 cm)Depth: 1 in (2.54 cm)
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    2022
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    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
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    Available Now
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    New York, NY
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    1stDibs: LU5176128817352
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