Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham pulls at the threads of cultural and intellectual history through photography, film, music, performance and painting. He presents cyclical narratives that pop with puns and references to literature and philosophy, from Lewis Carroll to Sigmund Freud to Kurt Cobain, with a sense of humour that betrays Graham’s footing in the post-punk scene of late 1970s Vancouver. Graham was born in Abbotsford in 1949. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1971 and lives and works in Vancouver. Solo exhibitions include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2017); Le Constortium, Dijon, France (2016); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany (2015); Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, (2014); Vancouver Art Gallery (2012); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2011). He represented Canada at the 47th Venice Biennale, Italy (1997) and among awards he has received the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, Toronto, Canada (2004), the Kurt Schwitters-Preis, Niedersächsiche Sparkassenstiftung, Germany (2006), and the Audain Prize for lifetime achievement in visual arts, British Columbia, Canada (2011). Rodney Graham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016 for his contributions to Canadian contemporary art.

 

 

 

The Gifted Amateur, 2010
archival c-print, ed. 35
image: 20” x 20”
paper: 29” x 28”

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Giclee, or inkjet printing is achieved using a high-resolution printer. The minute closeness and intense colour of the ink produces a high-quality archival image. Artists often add hand-drawn or painted features to create original prints from multiples. C-Print, or a chromogenic print is the most common type of colour photographic printing. C-prints are composed of layers of cyan, magenta and yellow ink that together create a full-colour digital image.

 

 

 

Napoleon Tree, 2003
archival c-print, ed. 35
image: 15” x 16.75”
paper: 20” x 21.75”

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