Witnessing violence and political upheaval in his native South Africa, Robin Rhode acknowledges that humour can redefine difficult situations. Humour continues to be reflected in his mainly photographic but also drawn, animated, performance and sculptural work. His photographic sequences and digital animations are often of himself interacting with drawn and/or three-dimensional objects. Influenced by street art, he draws in chalk, spray paint, soap or charcoal; his objects – crates, bricks, old shoes - are easily found; and his canvas is public space – the street, the pavement, a basketball court. Rhode’s work is in numerous collections, including the Castello di Rivoli, Pompidou Centre, and the Walker Art Center.
Hedge, issue 31, August 2014, pp58-64
Robin Rhode, Fountain (detail), 2014
Mounted c-print. 15 parts, each part 50cm x 50cm, overall dimensions 276.5 x 276.5 x 3.8 cm. Edition of 5
Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin New York and Hong Kong