Robin Rhode: Drawing Waves at The Drawing Center, The Lab, July 17 – August 30, 2015

“A collaborative project by South African–born, German-based artist Robin Rhode. Rhode will exhibit his signature stop action photographs (in which he draws in public streets and then a performer interacts with the inscribed image) in a new photographic sequence entitled Breaking Waves, 2014–15, which whimsically depicts a young boy surfing in the sea. The illusionistic swell of the waves—articulated by Rhode’s drawn gestures onto a dilapidated city wall—reiterates the boy’s deft maneuvering of the ocean and this type of athletic physicality is echoed in the accompanying wall drawing Paries Pictus-Draw The Waves, 2015.” — The Drawing Center

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Rhode partnering with a small group of children aged 8–10 years to create a large-scale mural of the high seas

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Rhode begins the process by attaching vinyl cutouts of seventeenth century mercantile ships to the gallery wall, and then invites the children to freely draw the surrounding body of water using giant, custommade oil crayons

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Robin Rhode, Breaking Waves, 2014. One of sixteen C-prints 14 x 24 inches each. Edition 5 of 5. Allison and Larry Berg Collection

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Robin Rhode, Breaking Waves, 2014. One of sixteen C-prints 14 x 24 inches each. Edition 5 of 5. Allison and Larry Berg Collection

Images courtesy The Drawing Center