Elizabeth Harney (A ’14)

The Pentagon

All Day 

“Defensive architecture is instrumental, active not passive - waiting, watching, acting, reacting. It is not to dwell within, but to take on.”- Paul Virilio Bunker Archeology

Boundaries, whether between individuals or territories, provoke desire and fear as they serve simulta- neously to protect and intimidate. While paying attention to regulatory architecture in public spaces, I was particularly struck by the function of string-fences as they gracefully reify rules rather than enforce them. Mimicking this form, red chalk-line will be set up as ramparts around resting spaces at Socrates Sculpture park. Viewers are invited to carefully navigate through these boundaries and recline within the protected space. 

Elizabeth Harney was born in 1988 on a military base in Enid, Oklahoma. She grew up on bases all across the nation before finally settling in New Jersey. As someone who spent her high school years in Jr ROTC dreaming of becoming a fighter pilot, she is still seduced by the emotional pulls of nationalism and America’s paternalistic promise of safety. Elizabeth Harney uses her work to explore how protection functions within relationships and society as a universal justification for violence. In 2013 she received her BFA from New Jersey City University and in 2014 she was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.