Matthew Angelo Harrison

Born in Detroit, 1989, and Lives and works in Detroit, MI

"I like to play with the idea of the archive, with longevity and perpetuity. My resin encapsulations take wooden sculptures targeting the tourist trade­­—in other words, semi-disposable momentos—and give them a lasting platform, a stage to mean more, like a dragonfly caught in amber."

— Matthew Angelo Harrison



Salon 94 89th Street

Matthew Angelo Harrison


Courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco. Photo: Naaman Rosen

Matthew Angelo Harrison (b. 1989, Detroit, MI) creates otherworldly sculptures that are in conversation with anthropology, science fiction and industrial design. His work combines found objects made from organic materials such as wooden sculptures from West Africa with synthetic materials like acrylic resin, which he then molds and sculpts with state-of-the-art machinery. The resulting forms investigate the subtle politics of mass production, authenticity, metamorphosis, and what the artist calls "abstract ancestries."

Harrison has exhibited widely in solo shows in the following public institutions: Broad Art Museum (East Lansing, MI); Atlanta Contemporary; and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). His work is in many permanent collections, including but not limited to: de Young Museum, San Francisco; Detroit Institute of Arts; Galeries Lafayette Foundation, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In June 2021, Harrison opened his first European solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel, and in March 2022, will open a solo exhibition at MIT List Visual Arts Center.

The first monograph of Harrison’s work will be published by The MIT Press in 2021.

Harrison has been awarded grants and fellowships by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), United States Artists, and Kresge Arts. Harrison completed his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Harrison lives and works in Detroit, MI. Harrison is represented by Jessica Silverman.



Matthew Angelo Harrison’s Prototypes for a New Life
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Place and Persistence: Hanif Abdurraqib and Matthew Angelo Harrison in Conversation
Cultured Magazine


Matthew Angelo Harrison on Dark Povera, Minimalism, and prototyping
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Artificial Families: Matthew Angelo Harrison Interviewed by Tausif Noor
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Matthew Angelo Harrison: Future Perfect
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Sculpture Magazine