21 May 2013
Take a silver-haired chemistry professor in a white coat. A laboratory. A day at the end of term. A cactus as a gift. Add a few colored balloons and a sheet of canary yellow paper. A virus in the ganglia of everyday banality, Cactus Fan is one of the new works by Rodney Graham on show at the Lisson Gallery in London. An image, a puzzle with a clue. The declared reference takes us straight to a humorous painting by the German artist Carl Spitzweg: The Cacti Aficionado (1865). Plant and professor bent in the same curve, the same green color for both, compassionate empathy. Graham metabolizes it, mulling over the late romantic idea of the love of science. The same fierce mockery with which he has already hybridized Lewis Carroll and Kurt Cobain, Sigmund Freud and Ian Fleming. The proportion is always 1 to 1. The professor is scowling. The cactus, it seems, is prickly.
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