Stephen G. Rhodes

Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi

With his exhibition “Dar Allers War Ne’er Eny Bear Bear” (There Was Always Never Any Bear Bear), Stephen G. Rhodes imported popular myths from the United States to Germany. The show had two central points of reference: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980), based on the novel by Stephen King, and the Disney adaptation of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris, which opened in 1946 as Song of the South, a film musical containing both live-action and animated sequences. Rhodes juxtaposed quotes from both films and carefully staged references in a wild and unwieldy multimedia installation that sprawled throughout the entire gallery, a drastic hodgepodge that was part curiosity show, part house of horrors. The hypnotic effect of this pandemonium didn’t exactly encourage the viewer to calmly start untangling the various strands of references. One walked through the exhibition in a state of amusement

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