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Jason Rhoades

David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street

Jason Rhoades has come a long way since his first New York installation in 1993, which consisted of a messy mechanic’s shop transplanted to the gallery (complete with greasy engine overhaul in progress). The artist’s recent project “Of Perfect World” makes clear that his increasingly sophisticated experimentation with materials, design ideas, and presentation formats is matched by ever more complex conceptualization.

Extracted from his massive 22,000-square-foot installation “Perfect World,” produced for the Hamburg Deichtorhallen in 1999, “Of Perfect World” featured sections of custom-made aluminum scaffolding polished to a high gleam, reconfigured to conform to the gallery’s interiors and to represent a building identified as “Sutter’s Mill.” It was John Sutter, you might recall, who is credited with single-handedly igniting the California gold rush when he found nuggets in the tailrace

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