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Rodney Graham, Cactus Fan

Rodney Graham, Cactus Fan (2013), painted aluminum light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Aug 17] Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery

Rodney Graham:
Torqued Chandelier Release and Other Works

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jun 20-Aug 17, 2104

Rodney Graham, Torqued Chandelier Release

Rodney Graham, Torqued Chandelier Release (2005), production still [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Aug 17] Courtesy of Rennie Collection


Like Roy Kiyooka and Jerry Pethick, Rodney Graham is a key figure in the history of Vancouver art. What makes these artists significant is not their advancement of a particular medium, but their ability to draw on numerous media and disciplines to create synthetic works that resonate beyond the sum of their constituent parts.

For this exhibition at the Belkin (part of a trio of Graham exhibitions held between May and November at the Rennie Collection Wing Sang Building and the Charles H. Scott Gallery), interim director/curator Keith Wallace has assembled five works. Included are two 35-mm films (Vexation Island, 1997, and Torqued Chandelier Release, 2005) and two light boxes (Leaping Hermit, 2011, and Cactus Fan, 2013). All but the chandelier piece feature the artist.

As for the fifth work, those familiar with the UBC campus will have noticed a full-scale 19th-century landau carriage encased in a glass vitrine overlooking the main library. This work (entitled Millennial Time Machine, 2003) has functioned as a camera obscura for the past 10 years. On this occasion, however, it will be drawn into the gallery and put on display. What this “philosophical toy” will be aimed at remains to be seen. All that is certain is that it will be inverted.

Michael Turner

Rodney Graham, Leaping Hermit

Rodney Graham, Leaping Hermit (2011), painted aluminum lightboxes with transmounted chromogenic transparencies, triptych [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Aug 17] Courtesy of the artist

Rodney Graham, Millennial Time Machine
Rodney Graham, Millennial Time Machine (2003), landau with camera obscura [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Aug 17] Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia

Rodney Graham, Millennial Time Machine
Rodney Graham, Millennial Time Machine (2003), landau with camera obscura [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Aug 17] Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia

Rodney Graham, Vexation Island
Rodney Graham, Vexation Island (1997), video, production still [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Aug 17] Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia


 Fri, Jun 6, 2014