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Robin Rhode
Wall of Water print by Robin Rhode, 2015 (white)

2015

$3,000

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One chromogenic print, 2015, from the edition of 27, signed on a label that accompanies the print, sheet: 770 by 770 mm, 30 1/4 by 30 1/4 inches. Published by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York. *This print is unframed. The framed image is for reference only. This compelling photograph depicts a character, dressed in a white doctor’s coat, placing a stethoscope against the wall’s surface below a painted water droplet. This spontaneous act implies that the wall embodies life-like qualities, such as a heartbeat, and the character’s ears are filled with the sound of the water drop. In addition, as with many of Rhode’s photographs, the character is masked, and meant to remain unknown, universal, and timeless. Like much of Rhode’s photographic work, Wall of Water is heavily influenced by the early methods of motion photography and motion pictures, often seen in the work of Eadweard Muybridge. A sense of spontaneity and action is also a vital aspect of Rhode’s work, and this work embodies the rebellious nature of graffiti and street art with the body-based performance art of the 1970s. The Los Angeles Times has written of Rhode’s work, “It may be tempting to lump Rhode in with other artists who document physical performances, but his work is another species entirely. Each image is carefully staged for the camera—in some cases requiring that an entire wall be repainted for each shot. The resulting sequences suggest a combination of live action and animation, a space somewhere in between the reality we inhabit and the one we imagine.” Lehmann Maupin Gallery recently exhibited Rhode's work in a summer exhibition. Rhode was also commissioned to create a performance piece in Times Square for the performance art biennale, Performa15.

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  • Creator
    Robin Rhode (1976, South African)
  • Creation Year
    2015
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU330540042

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About the Artist

Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode engages photography, performance, drawing, and sculpture in creating visual narratives that are brought to life using quotidian materials such as soap, charcoal, chalk, and paint.

Rhode came of age in the newly post-apartheid South Africa and was exposed to new forms of creative expression motivated by the spirit of the individual rather than dictated by a political or social agenda. The growing influence of hip hop, film, and popular sports on youth culture as well as the community’s reliance on storytelling in the form of colorful murals encouraged the development of Rhode’s hybrid street-based aesthetic.

Rhode is best known for his photographic series that document a sole protagonist interacting with murals the artist painted on public walls in Johannesburg and Berlin. In the succession of photographs, the movements of the actor appear to alter the two-dimensional renderings, compressing space and time and transforming the urban landscape into a fictional storyboard. Melding individual expressionism with broader socioeconomic concerns, Rhode’s work reveals a mastery of illusion, a rich range of historical and contemporary references, and an innate skill for blending high and low art forms.

Using the street corner as his studio, Principle of Hope is photographed against a ruined wall in a township in Johannesburg. Here, the glimmer of an answer resides in geometry – the necessary illusion of perfectibility. A spiral wall is rendered in painted grey tones to create the visual impression of heavy stacked concrete bricks. The painted concrete spiral evolves upwards towards a blue sky, a metaphor for an imaginary utopia. Moving between abstract speculation and visceral record, the artwork takes as a point of reference the philosopher Ernst Bloch’s book published in three volumes in the 1950s titled The Principle of Hope in which the author explores utopian impulses present in art, literature, religion and other forms of cultural expression, and envisages a future state of absolute perfection.

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(Biography provided by Lehmann Maupin)

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