Filmed in Vancouver in February 2017, this documentary features interviews with Bob Rennie, Wendy Chang, Patrik Andersson, William Gibson and the artist’s mother Janet as well as Rodney himself
During the final planning stages for Rodney Graham’s exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, a visit with the Canadian artist whose genre defying avant-garde experimentalism has confounded and thrilled audiences in museums and galleries all over the world.
Often a touchstone for other artists, Graham’s diverse practice encompasses many roles; painter, photographer, writer, philosopher, actor, psychologist and musician. Through his many guises he creates works brimming with references from art history, films and literature, invariably with a cyclical or roving narrative. With considerable humour, wit and intelligence, Graham continues to ask the question - what does it mean to consider yourself an artist today?
Spanning BALTIC’s two largest galleries, the exhibition will include several installations of film and video and a collection of works inspired by literature and reading, covering more than two decades. Developed in close collaboration with the artist, this exhibition also includes new works and a large selection of his signature immersive light-box photographs, including the group The Four Seasons. These striking, complex images document suspended moments in time, mostly involving a lone Graham in the style of another character assumed or taken from history.
‘Rodney Graham: That's Not Me’ exhibition and events program at BALTIC is supported by the High Commission of Canada in the UK and Phil Lind.