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Robin Rhode, Bird on Wires, 2012–13, eight framed C-prints, each 16 3/8 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/2".

Robin Rhode

Lehmann Maupin

Robin Rhode, Bird on Wires, 2012–13, eight framed C-prints, each 16 3/8 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/2".

The protagonist of Robin Rhode’s photographic works, who is played either by the artist or a stand-in for him, is a fellow in casual street gear—puffer jacket, sneakers, watch cap, sunglasses. His face is almost always turned from the camera, his hands often covered in paint. He is a mysterious presence in these works—an Edward Gorey character in pristine high-tops—but also a bit mystified, caught up, like Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, in situations beyond his control.

Sequences of photographs, which show this character interacting with images stenciled, chalked, or painted onto walls and sidewalks, portray his actions as frames in a film would. In Bird on Wires (all works 2012–13), the photos depict a stenciled bird flying over six rows of real barbed wire strung across the wall, while the protagonist, dressed all in black and wearing a bright-orange backpack,

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