Canadian Humourist

Rodney Graham
September 11 – November 3, 2012
Smoke Break 2 (Drywaller), 2012 (left) 
Painted aluminium light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency
303,8 x 182 x 19 cm each, 2 parts

Betula Pendula 'Fastigiata' (Sous-Chef on Smoke Break), 2011
Painted aluminium light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency
243,8 x 182,9 x 18 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe
Canadian Humorist, 2012 (left) 
Painted aluminium light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency
232,7 x 182 x 18 cm

Old Punk on Pay Phone, 2012 (right) 
Painted aluminium light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency
235,3 x 151,4 x 19 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Vathek - The System of Landor's Cottage - Deluxe Edition

Red, 2012 (left) 

Book in a box

Published by Saskia Gevaert Editions

33,2 x 27,3 x 4 cm 


Vathek - The System of Landor's Cottage - Deluxe Edition

Green, 2012 (right) 

Book in a box

Published by Saskia Gevaert Editions

33,2 x 27,3 x 4 cm 


Photo © Jens Ziehe

Two Movements for Prepared Cello, 2010

Single channel video on monitor, sound, score

2 min 57 sec
 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

To The Tattooist, 2012

Silkscreen print on paper, Popeye figure

Silkscreen: 140 x 112 cm

Popeye: 37 x 15 x 9 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Super-Heavy Flute, 2012

Vinyl record, record player, headphones, chair

31,5 x 31,5 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Large Rattle, 2012

Cello, cufflinks, metal stand

130 x 45 x 30 cm 

 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Super-Heavy Flute, 2012 (left) 

Vinyl record, record player, headphones, chair

31,5 x 31,5 cm


Two Movements for Prepared Cello
, 2010 (right) 

Single channel video on monitor, sound, score

2 min 57 sec


Large Rattle
, 2012 (far right) 

Cello, cufflinks, metal stand

130 x 45 x 30 cm 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Au Tatoueur, 2011

Book in a box, blue leather binding

Published by Saskia Gevaert Editions

33,5 x 26 x 1,6 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Sunday Sun, 1937/2012 (left) 

Painted aluminium light box with trans-mounted chromogenic transparency

88 x 88 cm 

To The Tattooist, 2012 (center) 

Silkscreen print on paper, Popeye figure

Silkscreen: 140 x 112 cm

Popeye: 37 x 15 x 9 cm


Au Tatoueur, 2011 (right) 

Book in a box, blue leather binding

Published by Saskia Gevaert Editions

33,5 x 26 x 1,6 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Canadian Humourist

Rodney Graham
Johnen Galerie, Marienstrasse 10, Berlin
September 11 – November 3, 2012
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Beginning 11 September 2012, Johnen Galerie presents its sixth exhibition of works by Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Since the 1970s, the Vancouver-based artist has been known for his witty and subversive play with figures and works from western cultural history.  


Graham frequently uses surprising biographical details to place past and present, life and work into often complex and enigmatic relationships. The current exhibition shows five lightboxes and several conceptual works with text and music.  


In the work Canadian Humourist Graham addresses the well-known Canadian author and TV journalist Pierre Berton as a whimsical figure from a past era of the medium TV. In Crusty Punk, Vancouver’s last public telephone serves as the setting for an ironic-nostalgic homage to Punk. In Betula Pendula Fastigiata (Sous-Chef on Smoke Break) Graham parodies his own position within the art business. 


In addition to the lightboxes, based on the earlier work The King’s Part (1999) Graham presents a composition by Frederick the Great, but visitors will only be able to hear the clacking of the flute’s keys. Graham will also present his new edition of The System of Landor’s Cottage, referring to Edgar Allan Poe.   


Rodney Graham, born in 1949, has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2012), Museu d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona (Barcelona, 2010), Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Basel, 2010), MoCA - Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, 2004) und at K21 - Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf, 2003), documenta IX (1992). 

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