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Jason Rhoades at David Zwirner Gallery

November 13, 2019 | BTSNYC
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We were finally able to visit Jason Rhoades’ new exhibition at David Zwirner’s gallery called Tijuanatanjierchandelier. On view until early December, you’ll be able to see this incredible installation with your own eyes!

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Tijuanatanjierchandelier, by Jason Rhoades. ©Behind the Scenes NYC

There is still time for you to go the David Zwirner’s gallery and see the new Jason Rhoades’ exhibition. This massive art installation is make of a huge chaotic web and countless objects.

Be sure to take your time and look closely to enjoy every single detail of it.


About the exhibition:

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of American artist Jason Rhoades’s large-scale installation Tijuanatanjierchandelier, on view at 519 West 19th Street.

First installed at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, Spain, in 2006, and then featured the following year at the 52nd Venice Biennale, this exhibition marks the first presentation of Tijuanatanjierchandelier in New York.

This significant work—one of several installations made during the latter part of the artist’s career—exemplifies Rhoades’s singular investigation of contemporary consumer culture, his career-long interest in probing both language and identity, and his ceaseless drive to push the limits of convention.

The title of the work refers to the cities of Tijuana, Mexico, and Tangier, Morocco, two socially and culturally distinct locales separated by 6,000 miles, which Rhoades associates through their respective locations at the borders between the so-called developing world and the Euro-American West.

The visually striking installation is composed of a chaotic web of dangling chandelier-like sculptures made up of neon lights and assorted wares the artist collected during his travels.

Rhoades included fifty-one of these unique chandeliers in the original installation, forty-four of which are presented here. The sculptures are suspended above an array of items and souvenirs including mattresses, rugs, animal pelts, imposter handbags, sombreros, Moroccan lanterns, taxidermied animal heads, leather belts, ceramic gourds, trucker paraphernalia, bullwhips, and wooden maracas, among other found objects.

Reminiscent of a bazaar or marketplace, the work addresses the rise of global tourism and consumerism—industries that have come to define the economies of these areas—while also visualizing the tension that emerges between cultural expression and identity, and cultural appropriation and stereotype.

In his choice of these two locations, Rhoades also acknowledges the broader targeting of Latin Americans and Muslims in the post-9/11 political climate.

Though created before the 2008 global recession, the global refugee crises, and the ensuing wave of xenophobic nationalism, Tijuanatanjierchandelier anticipated the tensions that have recently erupted between the drive for increased free trade and globalization and the persistence of traditional notions of national sovereignty and security.

About the artist:

Jason Rhoades (1965–2006) was born in Newcastle, California. He received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993. Later that year, Rhoades joined David Zwirner—becoming part of the gallery’s original roster of artists—and had his first New York solo show.

Rhoades’s work has been exhibited internationally since the 1990s. His first solo presentation at a European institution was held at Kunsthalle Basel, in 1996.

Rhoades emerged in the 1990s as one of the most formally and conceptually rigorous artists of his time.

During his short but prolific career he became known for highly original, large-scale sculptural installations, which incorporate various materials inspired by Los Angeles car culture and his upbringing in rural Northern California, as well as by a mixture of historical and contemporary global and regional influences that he explored throughout his life.

Until his untimely death, in 2006 at age 41, Rhoades carried out a continual assault on aesthetic conventions and the rules governing the art world, wryly subverting those conditions by integrating them into his practice.

He conceived his works as part of an ongoing project, to which objects were continuously added, assembled, and reassembled in various configurations…

Read more about him here.


If you enjoyed this, you might also want to check out an immersive art installation. It has been attraction people from all over the globe and is called Arcadia Earth!

Location: 519 West 19th Street

Dates: Through December 7, 2019


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

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