December 16th, 2013

Jason Rhoades at Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia

Untitled (from My Madinah: In pursuit of my ermitage…), 2004/2013 Fluorescent tubes, Plexiglas, orange extension cord, rope, and other materials. Approximately 30 x 45 feet Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich and London

Artist: Jason Rhoades

Venue: Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia

Exhibition Title: Four Roads

Date: September 18 – December 29, 2013

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Jason Rhodes at Institute for Contemporary Art

Jason Rhoades at Institute of Contemporary Art

Garage Renovation New York (Cherry Makita), 1993 Installation with sheet rock construction, orange extension cords, pizza-shaped plaster objects and part of a racing car (from the Young Wight Grand Prix), book (Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamen), oil-saturated packing paper (Money), and other materials Dimensions variable, approximately 142 x 130 x 181 inches Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Berlin

Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.


Jason Rhoades, installation view of The Creation Myth, 1998



Video and images courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Photos by Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media and ICA. Video by Becky Huff Hunter.

Press Release: 

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads will be the first major American museum exhibition of this exceptional artist who died in 2006 at the age of 41. Rhoades, who grew up in California and studied with Richard Jackson and Paul McCarthy, is better known and collected in Europe than he is in the United States. He built what he claimed was the world’s largest sculpture at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany in 1999, and had a major installation at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Part of a generation of artists who created vivid sprawling environments out of a wide range of materials, Rhoades counted Marcel Duchamp, Donald Judd, race car driver Ayrton Senna, actor Kevin Costner, and the movie Car Wash, among his many diverse cultural touchstones, both high and low.

Rhoades’s spectacular, overloaded installations are immediately accessible and eye-catching, and at the same time deeply systematic, detailed, and rewarding of careful historical and critical engagement. Using found objects, neon, Lego, power tools, macramé, snaking wires, figurines, and a vast range of other materials, Rhoades’s work brings the viewer in with humor, vibrancy, and the provocative audacity of his vision. His work is also deeply American. His engagement with American car culture, cowboys, power tools, consumer culture, and the ethic of the self-made pervades, evoking a version of the American ethos that is playfully supercharged and sometimes ironic but always peculiarly sincere.

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads will occupy the entire ICA, with four installations to be navigated by four interpretive paths or roads: Jason Rhoades, American Artist; Jason the Mason, (a biographical thread named for a favorite children’s book character); systems (language, scale, indexing, economies), and taboo. By foregrounding these themes, the exhibition aims to map the installations, unify the exhibition, and offer points of entry into the sprawling, labyrinthine body of work that Rhoades conceived of as one overarching project. The show will be anchored by four major installations: Garage Renovation New York (Cherry Makita), 1993; The Creation Myth, 1998; Sutter’s Mill, 2000; and Untitled (from My Madinah: In pursuit of my ermitage…), 2004/2013.

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads is among the most ambitious exhibitions ICA has ever presented. We anticipate that it will create a foundation for the future legacy of Rhoades’s art, generating new audiences and new scholarship, and advancing a deeper understanding of a body of work that is both highly accessible and art historically complex. An international tour will begin at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Link: Jason Rhoades at Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia

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