New York

Rodney Graham, Vacuuming the Gallery, 1949, 2018, quadriptych, painted aluminum light boxes with transmuted chromogenic transparencies, overall 9' 11“ × 24' 6 1/2” × 7".

Rodney Graham

303 Gallery

One could not help but marvel at the formal and technical mastery required to produce the mammoth four-section light box that dominated Rodney Graham’s latest show at 303 Gallery; nor could one fail to be amused by its subject matter. Measuring roughly ten feet high by twenty-five feet wide, the picture boasted an alluring glow so even, and a resolution so sharp, as to rival the implausibly crisp hyperrealist sheen of the iMac retina screen I’m staring into as I type these words. The highly—yet seamlessly—digitally manipulated image floating atop this triumph of photographic representation depicted a grizzled, pipe-smoking Graham dressed in a fusty gray double-breasted suit while vacuuming the plush carpeted floor of a typically tony midcentury apartment–style art gallery. The picture’s somewhat flattened panoramic perspective afforded the pellucid display of a suite of generic early

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