London, The Hayward Gallery

Robin Rhode is a relatively new star on the international art scene. His charcoal drawings, photographs, video animations and performances are
refreshingly inventive and original. Using cheap materials, they allude to urban poverty, particularly that of South Africa, where the artist grew up.

Born in Johannesburg and now based in Berlin, Rhode first attracted attention with the photographs and videos of his street art performances, often involving him drawing everyday objects with chalk and charcoal. They touch on graffiti and urbanity, while the photographs of his pieces being produced in various stages recall the visual language of William Kentridge. Central to his art is the presentation of his images in sequences, not only showing the progressive stages but the aesthetics of sequential presentation itself.

Rhode's work is poetic and imaginative, such as how he sketched a bicycle and then photographed himself with his hand touching one of the handlebars. He's only 32 and is already represented by leading galleries such as White Cube in London and Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York, which has loaned the majority of works in the show.

"Robin Rhode, Walk Off," a comprehensive book on the artist's work, is
published by Hatje Cantz:

October 7 through December 7, 2008
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SEI 9XX
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