Rodney Graham at Lisson Gallery until 29th June…

If you happen to be in London, England anytime before June 29th be sure to make your way to the Lisson Gallery where Rodney is showing new and recent work. Included is this ginormous transparency called “Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour” (2012- 2013), which is a play on a painting by Thomas Eakins:

Rodney Graham

From The Guardian, Friday 10 May 2013:

The characters Rodney Graham plays in his cinematic photographs often dream big, following in the footsteps of creative heavyweights from Kurt Cobain to Morris Louis. The large triptych at the centre of his latest show sees him pose as a modern-day version of the 19th-century champion rower Max Schmitt in Thomas Eakins’s painting, which celebrated his friend’s win in Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill river race. Yet in Graham’s version, the white-haired chap taking five in a kayak seems more hobbyist than hero. That Schmitt won the race again and again, forever trying to better his speed or get one up on his competitors, surely appeals to the artist, long fascinated by our compulsion to repeat, make the same mistakes, and create variations.

Cast A Pall by Rodney Graham is a portfolio of two 18" x 19" giclée prints on Hahnemühle Watercolour paper.

Cast A Pall by Rodney Graham is a portfolio of two 18″ x 19″ giclée prints on Hahnemühle Watercolour paper.

Rodney’s CPPS portfolio was published in 2008. It is an edition of fifteen, with two proofs.

The two portfolio images are the artist’s favourites from his Black Squares (My Top 100) monochromes that were exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. The series is composed of record albums that are over-painted with India ink; the visibility of the underlying image is dictated by the ink’s adherence to the surface finish.

This diptych was originally designated as the front and back cover for the artist’s second rock album, to be called Cast A Pall. The project evolved into Rock Is Hard, a double LP of original songs, which was ultimately released with a revised cover.


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