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Rodney Graham: Artists and Models

Art | January 28, 2021 |

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Courtesy of Serlachius Museum Gösta | Photo: Sampo Linkoneva

Rodney Graham: Artists and Models
Serlachius Museum Gösta
October 24, 2020 – April 18, 2021

Canadian Rodney Graham is one of his country’s most respected contemporary artists and he has exhibited in countless exhibitions throughout the world. His exhibition Artists and Models opens at the Serlachius Museums on 24 October 2020. Graham’s exhibition will be his first in Finland.

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Courtesy of Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar | Rodney Graham: Vacuuming the Gallery 1949, 2018. Photo: Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham (b. 1949), who lives and works in Vancouver, is an exceptionally versatile artist. In addition to large photographic works, his production includes paintings and sculptures as well as films, videos and literary works. He is also a musician and the leader of a band that bears his name.

He is best known for his disguise self-portraits, monumental photographic works in which he assumes various fictional roles. His art is characterized by subtle nostalgia, gentle humor and poetic irony. Using a computer, he builds exceptionally large photographic works from hundreds of separate images. There are many details, and every one is significant.

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Courtesy the Artist and Hauser & Wirth | Rodney Graham: Dinner Break (Salisbury Steak). 2017, Photo: Rodney Graham Studio

In his works, Graham examines the layers of Western culture: both everyday life and collective memory. He draws on wide-ranging references to philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the art and popular culture of different eras.

Artists and Models, as its name implies, looks at different ways of being an artist and a model. Many of the characters appearing in the works of the exhibition are professionals or enthusiasts in the creative industries and at the same time also Graham’s models. An additional dimension is provided by the fact that characters placed in different locations and eras are created and performed by the artist himself.

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Courtesy of the Artist and Hauser & Wirth | Rodney Graham: Pipe Cleaner Artist, Amalfi, ’61, 2013. Photo: Rodney Graham.

The conceptual layers of Rodney Graham’s art are well reflected in the exhibition’s main work, Vacuuming the Gallery 1949 (2018). The work is a view into an elegant 1940s New York art gallery. The artist himself plays the gallerist in a fictional gallery, the paintings of which are based on variations he has made of a sketch by the Russian artist Alexandr Rodchenko. Similar abstract works painted by Graham are also to be found in the museum’s exhibition space.

The multidimensionality fascinates the curator of the exhibition, Timo Valjakka, according to whom Graham asks tough questions about making and presenting art: are the paintings and sculptures in the exhibition made by himself or by the fictional artists appearing in his photographs? Are they independent works of art or are they sets?

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Courtesy of Serlachius Museum Gösta| Photo: Sampo Linkoneva

“From Graham’s point of view, the situation is delicious. It allows him to roam freely in the landscape of 20th-century Modernism, raise a hat to its numerous isms and also play with their characteristics. In the works, one can identify references to Synthetic Cubism, everyday crafts and Abstract Expressionism, each time ingeniously interpreted,” says Valjakka.

more. www.serlachius.fi

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Courtesy of Serlachius Museum Gösta | Photo: Sampo Linkoneva
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Courtesy Museum Frieder Burda, Baden–Baden | Rodney Graham: Newspaper Man, 2016. Photo: Rodney Graham
Rodney Graham Installation 8
Courtesy of Serlachius Museum Gösta | Photo: Sampo Linkoneva

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