Hammer Projects: Stephen G. Rhodes

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Receding of Mind: Circle of Shit, 2010 Production Still © Courtesy of the artist and Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles
Hammer Projects: Stephen G. Rhodes
Curated by: Ali Subotnick

10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
June 19th, 2010 - September 26th, 2010

culver city/west la
Tue-Fri 11-8; Sat-Sun 11-5
multimedia installation


On view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 19 – September 26, 2010

Los Angeles–based artist Stephen G. Rhodes’s multimedia installations darkly theatricalize  the historical unconscious, borrowing strategies of pedagogical entertainment found in theme  parks, period cinema, and museum displays. When Rhodes takes on a topic, he literally  tackles it, ungluing the various parts (overt or subliminal) to reveal the underbelly of his  subject. For his first museum solo exhibition, Rhodes debuts an installation that takes as its  starting point the TV pioneer Steve Allen’s late 1970s television chat show Meeting of Minds—   pre-Bill and Ted’s anachronistic talk show featuring guests from different historical  periods where one may find Frederick Douglass and the Marquis de Sade sharing laughs at a  roundtable discussion with Niccolò Machiavelli and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The  installation on view at the Hammer, Receding Mind: Circle of Shit (2010) (consisting of the  destroyed film set and a 360-degree projection), stages a collision of mediums, citations, and  narrative contingencies, offering an impossible history lesson that must be negotiated both architecturally and cinematically.

Stephen G. Rhodes was born in Houston, Texas in 1977, raised in Louisiana, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from Bard College, Annandale, NY (1999), and a  MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2005). Rhodes has exhibited widely   in the U.S. and Europe and was included in Prospect 1 biennial, New Orleans, LA; The  Generational: Younger than Jesus, the New Museum, New York, NY; and Between Two  Deaths, ZKM Center for the Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. He was also featured in  Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer Museum (2009). Hammer  Projects: Stephen G. Rhodes is his first one-person museum exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by Ali Subotnick, Hammer curator.

Hammer Projects is a series of exhibitions focusing primarily on the work of emerging artists.

Hammer Projects is made possible with major gifts from Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy and The Horace W.
Goldsmith Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; L A Art House Foundation; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City
of Los Angeles; and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.
Stephen G