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Rodney Graham

Graham continues his focus on allegorical self-portraiture, inserting himself into variously arcane, humorous, and pathos-ridden scenarios.
In "Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour," another lightbox photograph based on a 19th century painting, Graham stars as Max Schmitt in Thomas Eakins' "The Champion Single Sculls (Max Schmitt in a Single Scull)." Graham's boating environment is altogether less idyllic than Eakins' was, as the entropy of time has ravaged most of the joy from the boating excursion, leaving a solitary Graham to interact with a rusty modernist bridge to an industrial park in place of the rolling hills and boating compatriots of the original painting. Graham himself appears a bit weathered and nonplussed, going through the motions for the sake of the picture.
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