On December 11 at The Well in Los Angeles, artist Rachel Harris is debuting her next show. Curated entirely by her, “Psychedelic Rock” will consist of original works inspired by ‘60s drug-induced rock ‘n roll and pop culture. Harris is also Miss November for Playboy magazine.
Playboy is going back to the future, editorially reverting backwards to their halcyon days when the very best writers were published along with the tasteful (by today’s standards) nudes. Content will be less flesh and more esoteric and erudite, appealing to the “guy with a job.”
The literary organization PEN USA honored Hugh Hefner back in 2010 for “50 years of support for un-championed writers and of fighting censorship”(bbc.co.uk). According to Jamie Wolf, vice-president of PEN USA, Hugh Hefner “published an extraordinary range of writers, serious literary writers who you were not otherwise getting when you went into the grocery store.” Indeed. Hugh Hefner published the work of Norman Mailer, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami, interviewing Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jimmy Carter, whose interview revealed he had “lusted in his heart” for women other than his wife. Madonna, Sharon Stone, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell also posed for the magazine at the peak of their fame.
The magazine announced they were returning to the days of the long form feature and relying less on naked women.
Playboy is undergoing a massive rebranding strategy. Rachel is bucking the Playboy bunny tropes and is accomplished outside of her looks. Harris, being a talented artist and the current Miss November, represents a major step in the direction that Playboy is now going. Keeping with their fine arts and literature push, Harris, a beautiful muse who is having a special art show in Los Angeles on December 11th, is the future of the brand.
No dilettante, Harris was already an up and coming LA artist when she was snapped up by Playboy to become Miss November 2015. Armed with a Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Heidi sold all of her 16 large-scale abstract works opening night at her self-produced exhibition. Needless to day, Rachel is a huge hit with both art collectors and celebrities being flown around the world on modelling assignments and commissioned art projects.
The latest for Rachel Harris, is her new Art Exhibition “Psychedelic Rock” debuting at The Well, (Los Angeles) on December 11, 2015, at 6pm. This is a SOLO art show; consisting of 10-15 large-scale abstract original pieces. Art ranging from 5-12 feet, on canvas. The show is inspired by Psychedelic Rock, consumed with thick texture and bright colors.
Before appearing in Playboy, Rachel began pursuing a career as an artist. She attended the California College of the Arts and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, two of the most respected art schools in America.
After graduating, she opened her first solo art show where she sold 16 abstract works of art. She was only 23 at the time. She says, “Art has always been a way for me to be in my element and to challenge myself emotionally and physically. In my work you can see sensuality next to silence, young versus deep-rooted, sharp alongside soft.”
Rachel didn’t have much modeling experience, but she accepted the opportunity and became a Playmate. Some people might find it unusual for an artist to go from behind the canvas to in front of the camera, but Rachel sees it as a natural extension of her art.
She says, “I’ve been told selling yourself with your art degrades it, but I strongly disagree. The art world is constantly inspired by the female form. Playboy is giving me the opportunity to be represented as a public artist.”
Rachel continues to work on her art in her downtown loft that she helped convert into a studio. She bought the loft because, “I get so involved in my work, sweating and crawling on the floor, that such a space is necessary. I like getting dirty.” We approve of that diligent work ethic.
Her ambition is “to be recognized as an artist and a personality, challenging the face behind the work.” She says she wants to be a “personality artist,” which means “letting the world into herself as well as her work.”