Stephen G. Rhodes
American, born 1977
Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie at Art Basel 2016,
Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie
Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie at Artissima 2016,
Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie

Borrowing ideas from theme parks, period cinema, TV shows, and museum displays, Stephen G. Rhodes splices together historical and pop-cultural artifacts in amalgamations of video, collage, photography, and sculpture. His sprawling installations, which often embrace humor and a low-tech approach, attempt to unearth our collective unconscious. For example, Rhodes’s 2010 film installation Receding Mind: Circle of Shit was inspired by Steve Allen’s late-1970s TV talk show “Meeting of the Minds,” which featured dramatized roundtable discussions among historical figures such as Cleopatra, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Attila the Hun, and Emily Dickinson.