Lynne Harlow: Site Specific Reductive Works


  Best Day Ever, 2011
  adhesive vinyl
  16′ x 18′ x 11′
  site specific installation: Otranto Castle, Otranto, Italy


How little is enough? How much can be taken away before a piece crumbles? I arrive at my pieces by reducing physical and visual information. This process of reduction, a steady taking away, is ultimately intended to be an act of generosity. In each piece I’m looking for the point at which these reductions allow me to give the most. It’s an appealing contradiction because it prompts one to reconsider the concept of abundance and the nature of giving.

My work embraces drawing as an essential element and explores where and how it intersects with space, rhythm and movement.  My use of drawing in spatial arrangements relates directly to the characteristics of the space it inhabits, generating a carefully calibrated relationship to the surrounding architecture and to the ways we move through it.


Bourbon as a Second Language, 2011
chiffon, vinyl
18′ x 6′ x 10.5′ 

site specific installation: Towson University, Towson, MD

 rhythm..distance, 2012
 fabric, frame, original drum recording by Paul Corio
 14’ x 9.5’ x 3.5’
 Installation view: 2013 deCordova Biennial,
 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA



Lynne Harlow Bio

Lynne Harlow is a reductive artist based in Providence, RI.  She makes large scale site-specific work as well as drawings and prints in a language of sensual minimalism.  She holds an M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York.  Her work is exhibited regularly, including a recent solo exhibition at MINUS SPACE in Brooklyn, NY and selection for the 2013 deCordova Biennial in Lincoln, MA, and is held in numerous collections including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The RISD Museum of Art.  In 2011 she was awarded the Robert and Margaret McColl Johnson Fellowship of the Rhode Island Foundation, a
$25,000 merit award supporting development of new work, and in 2002 she was a visiting artist at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. Find more about her work at