April 2 - July 26, 2009
ROBIN RHODE: CATCH AIR – THE WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS, COLUMBUS, OHIO
This substantial solo exhibition—the artist’s first in a U.S. museum and the Wexner Center’s first organized by Senior Curator Catharina Manchanda—brings you a firsthand look at his intriguing work. In many of his best-known projects, Rhode draws crude, life-size outlines of everyday objects on house facades or city streets and interacts with them as if they were the actual physical objects. Here, he’ll chart his development with some 20 key examples of wide ranging work: photographic storyboards, animations, films, and performances shown in video documentation. In some he focuses on street activities such as gambling, drinking, or theft. Others stage sequences in which he appears as an imaginary sports superstar, music performer, or magician. Eager to engage the Wexner Center’s architecture, Rhode has also developed an installation specifically for our lower lobby. There and throughout the show, you can see how the artist gives a radical twist to techniques such as illusionism and site specificity, reenergizing them as fresh and potent tools.