Lisson Gallery

Rodney Graham: What is Happy, Baby?

London, 7 December 2000 – 27 January 2001

Rodney Graham: What is Happy, Baby?

Lisson Gallery is delighted to host Rodney Graham’s third solo exhibition. The show features a large new video projection work entitled City Self / Country Self. Set in Paris in 1860 the film is part of a trilogy with Vexation Island, 1997 and How I became a Rambling Man, 1999. It was shot in 35 mm in the historic town of Senlis, near Paris and deals with man and nature, city and country. In this work Graham plays two versions of himself, an urban dandy and a provincial rustic, two paired particles set for a repeated, cataclysmic encounter played out within the long cinematic tradition of the ‘knockabout’ Also featured in the exhibition is a two part photographic work, Fishing on the Jetty, where the artist plays Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. There is also a new text based work My only Novel translated from the French, after Beckford and Mark Twain.

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Sculpture studies from City Self / Country Self  artwork

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