Contemporary Projects 12: Robin Rhode

Ahmanson Building, Level 2
March 11, 2010–June 6, 2010

The work of South African artist Robin Rhode originates from his physical interactions with drawings executed on walls on the streets of Johannesburg or, most recently, in his studio in Berlin, where he is now based. The resulting works include performances, wall drawings, photograph compositions, objects, video animations, and film. In developing his process Rhode was first "inspired by a high school initiation rite whereby young pupils were unwillingly taken into the boys' toilets by senior pupils and forced to interact with chalk-drawn objects on the walls." Based on this formative childhood experience, Rhode has transformed a puerile game into a compelling and innovative form of expression reminiscent of stop-action films and/or flip books, as well as the art historical movements of constructivism and surrealism. This will be the artist's first exhibition in Los Angeles.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible by the Contemporary Projects Endowment Fund. Contributors to the fund include Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lidow, Ronnie and Vidal Sassoon, Steve Martin, The Broad Art Foundation, Bob Crewe, Tony and Gail Ganz, Ansley I. Graham Trust, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Barry and Julie Smooke, and Sandra and Jacob Y. Terner.

Image: Robin Rhode, image from Promenade, 2008, digital animation, duration: 00:05:00, images courtesy of the artist, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York and Tucci Russo Studio per l'Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice, © Robin Rhode.