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Art Exhibition: Rashid Johnson's 'RUMBLE' at Hauser & Wirth, NY

'RUMBLE', is an exhibition of new works by artist Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago). It includes paintings, sculpture, installation, and film.

Rumble, 2011, Mirrored tile, black soap, wax, paint, 245 × 306.1 × 4.4 cm / 96 1/2 × 120 1/2 × 1 3/4 in Photo: Martin Parsekian

RUMBLE’, a run-up to Johnson’s upcoming major exhibition ‘A Message To Our Folks,’ opening in April at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, presents a series of works on both floors of Hauser & Wirth New York. It investigates the roles of aggression, humor, art, neurosis, alternative languages and invisible codes.

Among works on view, visitors will find what the artist describes as ‘a creole puddle’ of disparate influences drawn from high and low culture. These range from the art of such Post-War abstractionists as Norman Lewis, Carl Andre and Joseph Beuys.

Black Yoga Communication Station (detail), 2011, Blackened steel, books, plants, shea butter, oyster shells, CB radios, branded red oak flooring, black soap, wax, Persian rug Photo: Genevieve Hanson

RUMBLE’ also includes the short film ‘The New Black Yoga’, documenting a dance-like movement piece originally inspired by Johnson’s attempts to learn yoga while in Berlin

The theme of invisible codes courses throughout the rest of ’RUMBLE’.One work for example, is an assemblage of mirrored tiles arranged in a deliberate, complex geometric pattern. In another room, visitors will find two major wall pieces. One of these is a mirrored tile composition with small shelves. Each shelf holds an everyday object that is significant to Johnson but that, removed from context, suggests mystery. The other wall piece is made from red oak planks that the artist has fire branded with layers of charred symbols.

Glass Jaw, 2011, Mirrored tile, black soap, wax, books, shea butter, vinyl, oyster shells, paint Unique, 224.8 × 301 × 30.5 cm / 88 1/2 × 118 1/2 × 12 in Photo: Martin Parsekian

Towards the end of the gallery’s ground level, a square sky lit space will is outfitted with a burnt red oak floor. On the walls above this platform, Johnson presents a large-scale abstract painting made with melted black soap and wax. The painting is accompanied by several bronze casts made from it.

RUMBLE’ will remain on view at Hauser & Wirth New York until February 25th. Hauser & Wirth New York is open to visitors Monday through Friday, 10 am until 6 pm.

Image source/additional information about the gallery, its exhibitions and programs can be found at Hauser & Wirth.

written by webo29

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