What’s in Your Studio, Rodney Graham?
LONDONâRodney Graham is sometimes referred to as a âpost-mediumâ artist, though âany mediumâ might be a more sensible description of his restless, inquisitive, and often difficult work. Since first coming to attention as one of the Vancouver photoconceptualistsâalongside Jeff Wall and Ian WallaceâGraham has greatly expanded his art's reach. Nowadays an exhibition of his work could present any number of mediums: photography, film, performance, sculpture, installation, music, text, and even things that there really isnât any easy category for. His pieces vary enormously in appearance and subject matter, but a recurrent theme concerning the presentation and perception of art and its place in the broader culture helps them cohere into a comprehensive body of work.
Graham also has a penchant for role playingâwhich could, he admits, come out of his other job as a rock ânâ roll musician (now solo, he once played guitar in the punk band UJ3RKS). In his latest show, âWet on WetâMy Late Early Styles,â which opens this week at the Lisson Gallery, he returns to the guise of an alter ego known as the âgifted amateur.â In the work pictured above, this enthusiastic but unschooled artist is seen in the act of painting. Last week, Graham told ARTINFO about his alter egoâs studio as he was installing the show.