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Rodney Graham

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“Don’t Trust Anyone over 30,” the title of one of Rodney Graham’s catchy and drily humorous alt-rock songs, emblematizes the artist/musician’s uncanny talent for redeploying cultural clichés and received typologies—“’cause they’re fucking old and they’re fucking mean,” he gently snarls on the track. Cunningly self-deprecating, meta-ironic yet seriously accomplished, Graham’s work allegorizes the vexingly absurd contradictions of making “original” art and music in an epoch of radical uncertainty regarding aesthetic criteria, value systems, and ideological distinctions (e.g., between the authentic and the inauthentic, mastery and amateurism, authorship and the postauthorial). In Graham’s oeuvre, all of this has long been effectively subsumed within an array of richly metaphoric, semiotic feints.

Graham keeps us guessing about the nature of his game, employing a wide range of media: Film,

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