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Ron Rhodes

The Clocktower Gallery

Ron Rhodes began constructing spare miniature architectural interiors some years before he was diagnosed as having AIDS. Rhodes’ awareness that he was dying prompted him to use this same format to explore the theme of the stations of the cross. Meticulously realized architectural forms—domestic , industrial, religious, or public—make up the core of his early work. Gabriel, 1982, is an apartment kitchen or living room complete with a table on which lie the dishes and utensils of an abandoned meal; House of the Deer, Segment VI, 1984, is an elongated industrial space reminiscent of a ship’s boiler room, with catwalks, exposed pipes, platforms, and ladders; House of the Deer, Segment I, 1982, recalls a Greek church with a raised altar-sarcophagus at the center. Rhodes populated his all-white spaces with urns, antlers, angels’ wings, and tree branches. Solitary human figures, often nude male

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