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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Rodney Graham

b. 1949, Canada

Rodney Graham pulls at the threads of cultural and intellectual history through photography, film, music, performance and painting. He presents cyclical narratives that pop with puns and references to literature and philosophy, from Lewis Carroll to Sigmund Freud to Kurt Cobain, with a sense of humour that betrays Graham’s footing in the post-punk scene of late 1970s Vancouver. The nine-minute loop Vexation Island, 1997, presents the artist as a 17th-century sailor, lying unconscious under a coconut tree with a bruise on his head; after eight and a half minutes he gets up and shakes the tree inducing a coconut to fall and knock him out, and for the sequence to start again. Graham returns as a cowboy in How I Became a Ramblin’ Man, 1999, and as both city dandy and country bumpkin in City Self/Country Self, 2001 – fictional characters all engaged in an endless loop of activity. Such dream states and the ramblings of the unconscious are rooted in Graham’s earlier upside-down photographs of oak trees. Inversion, Graham explains, has a logic: ‘You don’t have to delve very deeply into modern physics to realise that the scientific view holds that the world is really not as it appears. Before the brain rights it, the eye sees a tree upside down in the same way it appears on the glass back of the large format field camera I use,’ 2005.

Rodney Graham was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada in 1949. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1971 and lives and works in Vancouver. Solo exhibitions include Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, 2004, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2002, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2001, and Kunsthalle Wien, 1999. He has participated in group exhibitions such as the 13th, 14th and 17th Sydney Biennales (2002, 2006, 2010), the Whitney Biennial, New York (2006) and the Biennale d’Art contemporain de Lyon, France (2003). He represented Canada at the 47th Venice Biennale (1997) and among awards he has receiived the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, Toronto (2004), the Kurt Schwitters-Preis, Niedersächsiche Sparkassenstiftung, Germany (2006) and the Audain Prize for lifetime achievement in visual arts, British Columbia (2011).

Featured Artworks

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Unused Prop: French Telephone by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamUnused Prop: French Telephone, 2018 Painted aluminium lightbox with transmounted chromogenic transparency
59.7 x 44.5 x 10.2 cm
303 Gallery
Remorseful Hunter by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamRemorseful Hunter, 2019 Painted aluminium lightbox with transmounted chromogenic transparency
227.8 x 176.9 x 17.8 cm
303 Gallery
Tattooed Man on Balcony by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamTattooed Man on Balcony, 2018 Two painted aluminium lightboxes with transmounted chromogenic transparencies
278.4 x 333.4 x 17.8 cm
303 Gallery
Central Questions of Philosophy by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamCentral Questions of Philosophy, 2018 Two painted aluminium lightboxes with transmounted chromogenic transparencies
303 Gallery
Untitled by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamUntitled, 2019 Oil and sand on canvas
217.8 x 254.6 cm (incl frame)
303 Gallery
Untitled by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamUntitled, 2019 Oil and sand on canvas
98.4 x 80.3 cm (incl frame)
303 Gallery
Untitled by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamUntitled, 2019 Oil and sand on canvas
156.5 x 125.7 cm (incl frame)
303 Gallery
Vacuuming the Gallery, 1949 by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork Rodney GrahamVacuuming the Gallery, 1949, 2018 Four painted aluminium lightboxes with transmounted chromogenic transparencies
303.8 x 748 x 17.8 cm
303 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Rodney Graham, Rodney Graham at 303 Gallery, New York
Closed
11 January–23 February 2019 Rodney Graham Rodney Graham 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
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17 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Rodney Graham, Central Questions of Philosophy at Lisson Gallery, London
Closed
3 October–3 November 2018 Rodney Graham Central Questions of Philosophy Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London

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Bob Rennie Ocula Conversation Bob Rennie Collector

In Vancouver's Chinatown, an area wedged between the gleaming office towers of the city's affluent West End and the city’s poorest neighbourhood, Downtown Eastside, is a gallery showcasing work from one of the world’s leading private collections.Housed in a restored iteration of Chinatown’s oldest building, the...

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Alan Lo Ocula Conversation Alan Lo Chairman, Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, Hong Kong

Active in promoting art and design in Hong Kong, Alan Lo is the Chairman of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, sits on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and was a member of Art HK’s advisory group.  Lo is also a co-founder and director of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group, owner and operator of various well-known restaurants and...

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Alt, which translates to “under,” is Istanbul’s newest space for contemporary art. After descending a staircase at Bomontiada, (a compound of sorts that includes Alt, a music venue, a café, a restaurant, architecture studios, and several other planned ventures), you are immediately aware that you’re in a windowless cellar...

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