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Jason Rhoades

Well before his untimely death on August 1, 2006, at the age of forty-one, Jason Rhoades had made an indelible mark on the art of his generation. Artforum asked four of Rhoades’s colleagues and friends to reflect on the man and his work.

LINDA NORDEN

The thing with Perfect World is you can fall off of it and it can kill you. You can walk on this surface, but it has these holes, these cracks and these soft spots, these traps, where it’s just papered over. It is kind of a reality of (my) working. I wanted to build this thing which somehow mimics real life.

—Jason Rhoades, in a 1999 interview with Eva Meyer-Hermann

JASON “THE MASON” RHOADES was as prolific a talker as he was a form maker. As soon as one met him, the talk began, and the intensity of word-flow easily rivaled the density of encounter he so carefully staged in his art. His interviews remain the best accounts of his work—a discursive

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