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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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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).

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Featured Artworks

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Halcion Sleep by Rodney Graham contemporary artwork
Rodney GrahamHalcion Sleep, 1994 Single-channel video (black and white, silent); 26 min
303 Gallery
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

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 303 Gallery: 35 Years at 303 Gallery, New York
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18 July–16 August 2019 Group Exhibition 303 Gallery: 35 Years 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Rodney Graham, Rodney Graham at 303 Gallery, New York
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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

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Artists from Turkey navigate history, memory, and authorship Related Press Artists from Turkey navigate history, memory, and authorship Hyperallergic : 16 February 2016

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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