American artist Jason Rhoades presented an installation art in flying colours at the Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles.
The artist who died in 2006, aged 41, of an accidental overdose— had this major installation with works from 1994 until 2016. Characterised by mad exuberance, provocative iconoclasm and unapologetic maximalism, Rhoades‘ work, which has no qualms for example blending Islam with female genitalia, seems more relevant than ever in the age of Trump.
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In one of the works, Rhoades created his own version of IKEA’s modular furniture out of scraps of paper, wood, cardboard and plastic foam. Meanwhile, in “My Brother/Brancuzi”, he juxtaposed his brother’s suburban bedroom with the famous studio of Constantin Brâncuși by lining the walls of the gallery with framed photo collages and amassing an array of construction materials, power tools and weightlifting equipment, including an industrial fryer overflowing with doughnuts—a slender stack of which alludes to Brâncuși’s “Endless Column”. When compared to Brâncuși’s reductive forms, the assembled items and symbols of masculine endeavor, lose their heroic aspect and appear caricatured and forlorn.
In “Tijuanatanjierchandelier”, his last piece before his death, Rhoades swaps the holy site for the market place—the concepts are almost interchangeable in the artist’s universe—creating a bazaar out of blankets full of wares bought in Tijuana, Mexico and Tangier, Morocco, accompanied by a cluster of tangled chandeliers of fake maracas, sombreros, bogus designer handbags, Moroccan hanging lights and other “exotic” souvenirs from the two border towns. Despite the cultural and geographical distance that separates them, the installation alludes to the similar ways in which their disparate cultures have been commercialized and homogenized in a globalized environment. Once again, 176 neon “pussy words” in English or Spanish glow seductively amidst the suspended tchotchkes; after all, Rhoades considered his separate works as components of one single piece realized over time and this retrospective exhibition monumentally attests to that.
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