Rodney Graham

Born 1949, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada | Lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rodney Graham, installation view of Pipe Cleaner Artist, Amalfi, ’61, 2013, painted aluminum lightbox with transmounted chromogenic transparency, 90 5⁄8 x 71 5⁄8 x 7 in. (230.3 x 181.9 x 17.8 cm) each panel, 90 5⁄8 x 146 1⁄4 x 7 in. (230.3 x 371.5 x 17.8 cm) overall; Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York; Photo: Greenhouse Media


Rodney Graham’s recent work draws on literature, philosophy, music, cinema, and art history to conjure uncanny manifestations of culture through visual quotation and disguise. Often employing photographic light boxes and videos, the artist adopts various personae, using period dress and decor, to channel archetypal characters. Graham studied at the University of British Columbia and under Ian Wallace at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. His work has been the focus of many international solo exhibitions, at institutions such as Museum der Moderne (Salzburg, 2011), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2010), and the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (Paris, 2009). Graham is also a practicing musician.

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