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Rodney Graham's lightboxes, in which the artist portrays himself as archetypes drawn from the realms of art and pop culture, are distinguished by their highly detailed sets and props, which unite and expand upon his practices in painting, photography, sculpture and film. Beyond the frame, Graham often takes his role one step further, assuming the artistic output of his character to create an invented practice within his own.


This Project Room exhibition presents examples from two series of prop works: a selection of sculptural pipe cleaner maquettes, created in connection to his 2013 lightbox, "Pipe Cleaner Artist, Amalfi, ‘61," and a sand on canvas work from an ongoing series of paintings, which originated as props featured within (and exhibited alongside) his 2018 lightbox, "Vacuuming the Gallery, 1949."