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Rodney Graham: "Getting it Together in the Country"

Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver
Nov 4, 2000 - Dec 17, 2000


How I Became a Rambling Man (2000),
still from video

Rodney Graham: "Getting it Together in the Country" Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver November 4 - December 17 - Rodney Graham is a well-established Vancouver mid-career artist of international standing. Graham has exhibited in up to four solo and ten group shows throughout Europe and North America every year since 1979. His artistic venues have included sound waves, light, music, CDs and videos, photographs, Cibachrome prints and extensive publications of books and papers. Graham's work in general has been emotionally restrained and conceptually minimal. However, in his new 9-minute large-screen video projection entitled "How I became a Rambling Man", Graham challenges any easy characterizations. Dressed up as a lone cowboy, he clipclops into view on a horse then pauses to sing us a cowboy ballad before rambling on. He comes across as a decent hombre, a patient ol' guy, seemingly destined to loop forever through the hills and valleys of North Americana. This unexpected fabrication is all the more effective - or unsettling - in the context of earlier post-minimalist work that contends with space, perceptual illusions and perspective. It has a playful quality more like the staged moments of his Cibachrome prints.

© Mia Johnson